Warnings, opinions and demands at the World AIDS Conference in Toronto, Canada: African churches call for more international recognition of their contribution to care for HIV-infected people. Children's agency UNICEF warns that there will be more and more AIDS orphans in Africa in the coming years.
Warnings, opinions and demands at the World AIDS Conference in Toronto, Canada: African churches call for more international recognition of their contribution to care for HIV-infected people. The children's agency UNICEF warns that there will be more and more AIDS orphans in Africa in the coming years. The International AIDS Society has called for the current opportunity in the fight against AIDS to be seized; in contrast, the director of the United Nations AIDS program UNAIDS stressed that "at present there is no end to AIDS" anywhere in sight.
UNICEF presents AIDS orphans report The number of AIDS orphans in Africa will continue to rise in the coming years. Twelve million African children have already lost one or both parents to the immunodeficiency disease, UNICEF said at the World AIDS Conference in Toronto. By 2010, the United Nations Children's Fund expects 15.7 million AIDS orphans on the continent. German Agro Action pointed out that the loss of entire generations of parents and teachers also has consequences for education.Listen here in the this site interview Helga Ku , Spokeswoman of UNICEF-Germany .UNICEF, together with UNAIDS and the U.S. President's AIDS Initiative, presented the report "Africa's Orphaned Generations" in Toronto. According to the report, in South Africa, Zimbabwe, Tanzania and Kenya alone, more than 4.3 million boys and girls have been orphaned by AIDS.UNICEF welcomed the announcement by Development Minister Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul (SPD) that the German government intends to provide more money to fight AIDS starting in 2008. The Children's Fund called for these additional funds to be used specifically for affected children. Girls in particular cannot go to school because they have to care for their parents until they die. After the death of their parents, they could not return to school, which they had to work to ensure their survival.
African churches: Appreciate their own work more A report presented in Toronto by the British development organization Tearfund estimates the value of the church's AIDS work at the equivalent of 18 billion euros annually. 97 percent of churches in six countries in Africa worked for orphans and vulnerable children. In Namibia, 79 percent of churches and Christian organizations are involved in AIDS relief.Tearfund spokeswoman Veena O'Sullivan said international donor agencies urgently need to recognize the potential of churches. With sufficient funding, churches could also become active in preventing HIV transmission from mothers to children, helping many of the 600 annual.000 new infections to be avoided.The report takes a critical look at church positions on sexuality. Former Anglican Archbishop of Canterbury George Carey writes in the foreword, "Too often, church leaders fail to speak openly about sexuality, missing the opportunity to effect behavior change."Scientific exchange takes center stage To the 16. World AIDS Conference are more than 20.000 delegates from the scientific, political and medical communities gathered in Toronto, Canada. International AIDS Society (IAS) President Helene Gayle on Sunday called for people not to miss the great opportunity now available for a turning point in the fight against AIDS.However, the director of the United Nations AIDS program UNAIDS, Peter Piot, stressed that "at the moment there is no end of AIDS" anywhere in sight. The conference can only be a success if the foundations are laid for long-term anti-AIDS work. "The lives of hundreds of millions of people depend on raising enough funds for HIV prevention programs," Piot said.Until Friday, the experts want to shed light on progress and setbacks as well as perspectives and goals of the worldwide commitment against the deadly immunodeficiency. The focus is on scientific exchange. About 13.000 contributions deal with prevention, therapeutic successes and the state of vaccine development. At the same time, governments, the United Nations and representatives of civil society want to use the forum to define a better framework for aid to particularly affected poor countries.An interview with Prof. Norbert Brockmeyer , Chairman of the German AIDS Society and head of the immunilogical HIV outpatient clinic St. Josef of the Ruhr University Bochum. On the chances of the AIDS Conference and the fight against AIDS in Germany. Germany provides more money in the fight against Aids Critics stress that the major conferences organized each year produce too few tangible results and are too expensive. Organizers pointed out that the bulk of the 15 million euros budgeted for Toronto would come from sponsors.The conference is organized by the IAS, together with UNAIDS, among others. In addition to more than 400 individual events, there will be plenary sessions. Each day has a focus theme. On Tuesday, for example, the focus will be on prevention, and on Thursday on the connection between AIDS, poverty and development. Development Minister Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul also coming to Canada. She pledged in advance to increase German funding for anti-AIDS programs.(KNA, epd, dr)