UN, Lancet journal to hold meeting on AIDS response in Malawi

New York, US (PANA) - Heads of State, policymakers, scientists, advocates and private sector leaders will gather on 28-29 June in Lilongwe, Malawi, to explore how the AIDS response can be used to shape the future of global health, a UN statement said here Thursday.

The statement, made available to PANA in New York, said the meeting, tagged: "The UNAIDS and Lancet Commission: from AIDS to Sustainable Health," is being organised by the UN in conjunction with the Lancet medical journal.

It said that he forum would give participants the opportunity to work together to address HIV and global health in the context of the post-2015 development agenda.

It quoted Mr. Michel Sidibe, the Executive Director of the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), as saying "this is the first time that such a diverse group of experts has been brought together for frank discussions about the future of global health."

"We will be encouraging them to think about what will it take to reach the end of AIDS, how the AIDS response can serve as a transformative force in our approach to global health, and how to modernize the global AIDS architecture for a more equitable, effective and sustainable future for global health," Mr. Sidibe noted.

The statement said during the meeting, participants would be encouraged to engage in informal dialogue, and would begin extracting the lessons learnt from the AIDS response to be used in the transformation of global health and development in the post-2015 debate.

"A high-level road map for the continued work of the Commission will be developed, as well as a preliminary version of the Commission report and a draft of the report will be considered in the second and final meeting of the Commission at the beginning of 2014," it added.

The Commission is co-chaired by Malawi President Joyce Banda, African Union (AU) Commission Chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine Director Peter Piot.

Its aim is to catalyse expertise and political momentum to shape the debate on the future of health in the post-2015 development agenda and accelerate progress towards the end of AIDS.
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20 Junho 2013 07:46:43

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