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UNICEF, WHO leadership forum on innovation for elimination of new HIV infections among children

High-level side event precedes kick-off of International AIDS conference
Special announcements by UNITAID and The M∙A∙C AIDS Fund

Co-chairs: Anthony Lake, UNICEF Executive Director and Dr. Margaret Chan, World Health Organization Director-General. 
Participants include representatives of governments, civil society, including faith-based organizations, parliamentarians and academics

Following opening comments by Lake, Chan and J. Stephen Morrisson, Senior Vice President and Director, Global Health Policy Center, BBC journalist Jane O’Brien will moderate two discussions on innovations to reach the elimination of HIV infections among children worldwide by 2015.

- 10:15 am – 11:00 am: Options B and B+: Prioritizing a Single Drug Regimen for Clinical Effectiveness and Operational Simplicity

  • Anthony Harries, International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease
  • Dr. Frank Chimbwandira, Director HIV/AIDS, Government of Malawi
  • Anders Nordstrom, Swedish AIDS Ambassador
  • John Megrue, Business Leadership Council
  • Eric Goosby, PEPFAR
  • Dr Debrework Zewdie, Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria
  • Michel Sidibe, UNAIDS

- 11:15 am – 12:15 pm: Programmatic Approaches and New Technologies for Optimal Results with:

  • Jackline Odongo, Mothers 2 Mothers  
  • Ilesh Jani, Mozambique National Public Health 
  • Dr Maximillian Bweupe, Deputy Director of Public Health and Research, Zambia
  • Dr. Mansur Kabir, Director of Public Health, Government of Nigeria
  • Lillian Mworeko, East Africa's Regional Coordinator, International Community of Women Living with HIV
  • Nancy Mahon, Global Executive Director of the M∙A∙C AIDS Fund
  • Denis Broun, UNITAID
  • Sheila Tlou, UNAIDS

Light lunch will be offered.

The event will be live-streamed at: new.livestream.com/unicef

Sunday, 22 July, 10:00 am to 1:00 pm

Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)
1800 K Street NW, Washington D.C

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Background Information:

The 2012 International AIDS Conference opening in Washington, D.C. on 23 July 2012 is a pivotal moment to take stock of the HIV response. Four years remain to achieve the HIV-specific targets of  Millennium Development Goal 6. The “Global Plan towards the elimination of new HIV infections among children by 2015, and keeping their mothers alive” accelerated progress and lifted the momentum internationally. However, exceptional efforts are still needed to achieve these goals in 22 countries -- home to nearly 90 per cent of pregnant women living with HIV in need of services. Innovation, in terms of technologies and programmatic approaches, will be central to realizing the Global Plan’s ambitious targets.

UNICEF is sponsoring AIDSMAP to provide coverage in real-time on children and AIDS at the IAS conference. AIDSMAP reporters will compile daily bulletins to its over 40,000 subscribers throughout the world in English, Spanish, French, and other languages.   To sign up, visit www.aidsmap.org  The views expressed by aidsmap have not been endorsed nor approved by UNICEF.
For further information, b-roll or to obtain credentials to attend the event, please contact:
Kate Donovan, UNICEF Media,
Tel + 1 917 378 2128 

Sarah Russell, WHO,
Tel + 41 79 598 6823 

Veronique Taveau, The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, 
Tel + 41 79 362 97 04

Sarah Mascheroni, UNITAID,
Tel + 41 79 728 73 11,

Elyse Margolis, for the M∙A∙C AIDS Fund,
Tel. +1 917 612 3997




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