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UNICEF and partners to launch Africa’s Orphaned and Vulnerable Generations in Toronto

Michel Sidibe, Director, Country and Regional Support, UNAIDS
Rima Salah, Deputy Executive Director, UNICEF
Mary Mahy, Programme Officer, Division of Policy and Planning, UNICEF
Kent Hill, Assistant Administrator of the Bureau for Global Health, US Agency for International Development
Ahmed Hussein, Director Department of Children Services, Government of Kenya

Welcome by: Nigel Fisher, President and CEO, UNICEF Canada

What: Launch of Africa’s Orphaned and Vulnerable Generation: Children Affected by AIDS

When:  14:00 EDT, Monday, 14 August

Where: AIDS 2006, Press Conference Room 3, Metro Toronto Convention Centre, 255 Front Street West, Toronto

Why: Africa’s Orphaned and Vulnerable Generations: Children Affected by AIDS shows how the AIDS epidemic continues to affect children disproportionately and in many harmful ways, making them more vulnerable than other children, leaving many of them orphaned and threatening their survival.  Released by UNICEF, UNAIDS, and PEPFAR (The US President’s Emergency Program for AIDS Relief), the report contains new and better research on orphans and vulnerable children, including what governments, NGOs, the private sector and the international community can do to better response.

Note to broadcasters:  Video footage of the conference, interviews with participants and youth activists, as well as b-roll from South Africa showing new HIV testing methods for infants will be available free of charge from The Newsmarket at http://www.thenewsmarket.com.

For further information and interviews please contact:

In Toronto:

Gerrit Beger, UNICEF Media, Tel. +1-212-326-7116 or +1-917-605-1714, gbeger@unicef.org
Patrick McCormick, UNICEF Geneva, Tel. + 41 79 204 4473, pmccormick@unicef.org
Nicole Ireland, UNICEF Canada, Tel. +1-416482-4444 ext. 831, nireland@unicef.ca

In New York:

Elizabeth Losleben, UNICEF Media, Tel, +212-326-7172, elosleben@unicef.org




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