Partnership in slashing HIV/AIDS to be focus of UN-backed meeting

Accra- Ghana (PANA) -- Major actors in the worldwide struggle against the HIV/AID S pandemic will share experiences of how partnerships can expand the reach of th e ir programmes at a meeting co-sponsored by the United Nations this June in Ugand a , where the infection rate has been slowed and around half those infected reache d by treatment.
"Sharing best practices and lessons learned in implementing programmes is an ess ential part of informing future AIDS programming," Dr.
Peter Piot, Executive Dir e ctor of the UN Joint Programme on HIV/AIDS said of the meeting, entitled: "Scali n g Up Through Partnerships: Overcoming Obstacles to Implementation.
" A statement issued in Accra on Tuesday by the UN Information Centre said the so- called Implementers' Meeting, to take place in Uganda's capital Kampala from 3 t o 7 June, would be hosted by the Government of that country.
It would build on a similar gathering held last year in Kigali, Rwanda, the UN s tatement quoted a joint press release by the sponsors as saying.
Those sponsors include UNAIDS, the United States President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, t h e UN Children's Fund (UNICEF), the World Bank, the World Health Organization (WH O ), and the Global Network of People Living with HIV/AIDS.
Topics for the meeting will include monitoring and evaluation, human capacity de velopment, increasing knowledge, coordination and harmonization, linking people w ith resources and integration of services, the sponsors said.

11 march 2008 21:18:00

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