African First Ladies Commit to Action on AIDS at Summit; International AIDS Trust Optimistic About Progress.
-- Declaration Calls for Summit's Issues on Women and Children to be Included
in Agenda for Upcoming UN General Assembly Special Session on AIDS --
KIGALI, Rwanda, May 22 /PRNewswire/ --
The First Ladies Summit on Children and HIV/AIDS closed today in Rwanda with the wives of African leaders and representatives of 16 sub-Saharan African nations reaching a consensus to push for strategies and resources needed to address the impact of the HIV/AIDS pandemic pandemic /pan·dem·ic/ (pan-dem´ik)
1. a widespread epidemic of a disease.
2. widely epidemic.
Epidemic over a wide geographic area.
n. on the women, children and families of Africa. The First Ladies also called for leaders taking part in the June UN General Assembly Special Session on HIV/AIDS and the September UN Special Session for Children recognize the recommendations of the Summit and incorporate the actions into the framework and outcomes of the UN sessions.
"The good news in the battle against AIDS is that, after much painful experience, we now know a great deal about what works," said Sandra Thurman, president of the International AIDS Trust, one of the groups that helped organize the summit. "From Abuja to Addis, and from Kigali to Cape Town Cape Town or Capetown, city (1991 pop. 854,616), legislative capital of South Africa and capital of Western Cape, a port on the Atlantic Ocean. It was the capital of Cape Province before that province's subdivision in 1994. , model programs have been developed, implemented, and proven successful."
During the Summit, the International AIDS Trust, in conjunction with Rwanda's first lady Madame Jeanette Madame Jeanette (Capsicum chinense). Originally from Surinam. Fairly small plant that dislikes cool growing sites. Will grow indoors. Fruits are shaped like small bell peppers but with Habanero like heat. Kagame, the Rwandan Ministry of Health, USAID USAID United States Agency for International Development
USAID Agencia de los Estados Unidos para el Desarrollo Internacional (Spanish) , and other local organizations, unveiled a model project that was later adopted into the Summit's Declaration. This project will build on the benefits of a mother to child transmission intervention by extending health care and support services support services Psychology Non-health care-related ancillary services–eg, transportation, financial aid, support groups, homemaker services, respite services, and other services to HIV HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus), either of two closely related retroviruses that invade T-helper lymphocytes and are responsible for AIDS. There are two types of HIV: HIV-1 and HIV-2. HIV-1 is responsible for the vast majority of AIDS in the United States. + parents and their children.
In the Summit's Declaration, the First Ladies committed to mobilizing the resources necessary for action in the following areas: 1.) HIV/AIDS prevention among youth and women, 2.) prevention of mother to child transmission, and 3.) children and HIV in armed conflict and post conflict situations. The First Ladies also pledged their personal commitment to this fight and agreed to form an African First Ladies Alliance Against AIDS.
Thurman noted in her speech to the First Ladies that the summit is an extraordinary opportunity because "history has shown that there is no greater force to contend with, no more determined, committed and powerful agents for change -- than women and mothers fighting for the lives of their children."
The International AIDS Trust was established to create strategic opportunities for galvanizing leadership, mobilizing resources, and promoting effective interventions in the global battle against AIDS. This mission is accomplished primarily through public education and program and policy initiatives. The Trust also helps develop innovative partnerships, alliances and investment strategies to channel public and private resources toward AIDS prevention and care, and supports strategic opportunities in the developing world.
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