Mozambique unites against AIDS at Toronto conference
Maputo, 16 August 2006 - More than 30 Mozambican participants are attending the XVI International AIDS Conference this week in Toronto, Canada. Under the theme “Time to Deliver”, the conference aims to review the promises and progress made to scale-up HIV/AIDS treatment, care and prevention around the world. An estimated 24,000 people from 170 countries are participating in the event, from 13-18 August 2006.
The AIDS 2006 conference is the most important gathering of its kind. It provides the world community with an opportunity to share and discuss key scientific developments in the fight against HIV/AIDS. The event brings together a wide range of participants –scientists, health care providers, political, community and business leaders, journalists, government, non-governmental and intergovernmental representatives as well as people living with HIV/AIDS– around a common goal: find ways to translate existing knowledge and experience into broadly available HIV treatment and prevention programmes.
Twenty-five years into the pandemic, an estimated 4.1 million people are getting infected with HIV every year. Globally, an estimated 38.6 million people are living with HIV or AIDS. The AIDS epidemic continues to affect children disproportionately. Twelve million of the 48 million orphans in sub-Saharan Africa have lost one or both parents to AIDS.
Mozambique’s Vice Minister of Health Dr. Aida Libombos is leading the official Mozambican delegation, which includes staff from the Ministry of Health and the National AIDS Council. In addition, members of national and international NGOs working in Mozambique, associations of people living with HIV/AIDS and journalists from local media are participating.
Throughout the week, several Mozambican participants will present case studies and research as part of various discussion panels, including “The Horizontal Transmission of HIV in children in Maputo” by Dr. Alinia Pedro and Dr. Sergio Salvado; “Large paediatric experience of antiretroviral treatment in Maputo public hospital” by Dr. Sérgio Salvado; and “Models for chronic care management of HIV infected children in resource limited setting” by Dr. Paula Vaz.
On 15 August, the session “Working with Global Initiatives at Country Level. Mozambique’s experience with the Clinton Foundation HIV/AIDS Initiative (CHAI) and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria (GFATM)” was chaired by Mozambique’s Vice-Minister of Health Dr. Aida Libombos with the participation of several guests, including the Deputy Executive Secretary of the National Aids Council (CNCS) Diogo Milagre, the Deputy National Director of Health Dr. Rosa Marlene Manjate and the Executive Secretary of the Mozambican National Network of Associations of People Living with HIV/AIDS Júlio Ramos Mujojo.