Ecumenical Pre-Conference Program Update
Ecumenical Pre-Conference on AIDS
"Access for All"
July 9-10, 2004, Ambassador Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand
Thursday, July 8, 2004
- Arrival of participants
- Dinner on your own
20:00 Evening prayer and followed by an informal gathering
Friday, July 9, 2004
08:30-09:15 Opening worship
09:15-10:15 Session 1: Opening plenary
- Welcome and overview of program
- Keynote presentation: "Promoting the
Fullness of Life: The Theological Command to
Respond with Information, Care,
Compassion and Advocacy"
10:15-10:45 Morning break
10:45-12:15 Session 2: Panel presentation in plenary: "Access for All:
Communities of Faith Making it Possible"
14:00-15:30 Session 3: Skill building workshops
15:30-16:00 Afternoon break
16:00-17:30 Session 4: Skill building workshops (Cont.)
17:45-18:15 Evening prayer
20:00 Optional evening activities
- Films and videos
- Case studies
- Coaching to prepare for poster presentations at the IAC, etc.
Saturday, July 10, 2004
08:30-09:00 Morning prayer
09:00-10:30 Session 5: Panel presentation in plenary: "Critical
Successes and Surprising Challenges in the
Faith-based Experience Responding to the HIV
and AIDS Pandemic"
10:30-11:00 Morning break
11:00-12:00 Session 7: Plenary session
"The Faith Community Responding: Our
12:00-12:45 Closing worship
------------------------ Inter-faith Gathering --------------------------
14:30-15:00 Welcome and introductions
15:00-16:00 Session 8: Sharing (from three separated pre-conferences)
16:00-16:30 Afternoon break
16:30-18:00 Session 9: Strategic orientation and preparation of faith-
based communities to participate in IAC.
19:30 Fellowship Dinner
For more information, please contact Dr. Prawate Khid-arn, e-amil: email@example.com
posted by Prawate on Thursday, February 26, 2004
U.S. Announces Grants in AIDS Program
Pretoria:The United States launched President George W. Bush’s global AIDS program by awarding multimillion-dollar grants to four U.S. - based institutions to treat those suffering from the deadly virus in three African nations.
One of the grants, a $107-million donation to Harvard’s School of Public Health, is the largest received by the school, easily surpassing a $25 million grant in 2000 from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to help prevent the spread of HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, in Nigeria.
The grants announced Monday total $350 million and are the first installments of Bush’s $15 billion, five-year plan to fight AIDS. The initiative aims to dramatically increase the number of poor people being treated on the life-extending antiretroviral medicines.
Now, anywhere from 50,000 to 100,000 people in sub-Saharan Africa are being treated; the precise number is difficult to pin down, mirroring the trouble estimating how many are infected with HIV or have died from AIDS.
The Harvard plan aims in five years to roughly double the number of people being treated in sub-Saharan Africa. Its goal is to put an additional 75,000 people on antiretroviral drugs in Nigeria, Tanzania, and Botswana.
The other programs will be run by Catholic Relief Services, the Pediatric AIDS Foundation, and Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, and will focus on AIDS treatment and the prevention of the transmission of HIV from mother to child.
Bush first announced the initiative in his State of the Union address more than a year ago.
Source: The Asahi Shimbun
Wednesday, February 25, 2004
posted by Prawate on Thursday, February 26, 2004
Herbal use for AIDS
Nairobi: Champions of traditional medicine told a major conference on AIDS in Africa that they had much to contribute to the war against the devastating epidemic.
Speakers at the International Confernce on AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infections in Africa calaimed two herbal remedies were safeer and cheaper alternatives to the anti-retroviral (ARV) drugs used to treat people living with HIV and AIDS.
Of about 30 million people living with HIV and AIDS in Africa, only about 1% of them currently have access to anti-retrovirals, and as dramatically falling prices are set to increase that propotion, there is much debates about whether the continent's health-care infrestructure is up to the job of proper and sustained delivery of the drugs.
"We have tested, and we have seen that it works well," Erick Gbodossou, the president of the Senagal-based Prometra, and association of traditional healers, said of Metrafaids, a treatment made from five plants.
A three-year study, funded by the Ford Foundation, of the treatment was conducted using modern scientific observation methods.
According to Prometra, traila on 62 HIV-positive individuala ages 18 to 58 over the last four years showed that Metrafaids reduced the presence of the HIV virus in the body and boosted CD4 lymphocites, and important element of the immune system.
"We think that this medicine deserves to be supported, because it can help in this battle, in this reality that'sgoing to exterminate this continent," Mr. Gbodossou said, adding that no adverse side effects had been recorded.
<strong>Source: Bangkok Post, September 24, 2003
posted by Prawate on Thursday, February 19, 2004
HIV positive on the rise in Bangladesh-Health Minister said in Paliament
Dhaka, January 27, 2004: The number of HIV positive is increasing in the country, Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr. Khandakar Mosharraf Hossain told the Jatiya Sangsad yesterday. "At present, the number of identified HIV positives stands a 363 while 30 of them dies so far," he said while replying to a question from BNP lawmaker Felwar Hossain Khan Dulu.
However, the minister said, the rate of infection of the killer disease is much lower than that of other countries.
Replying to another question, Dr. Mosharraf said the government does not have any immediate plan to set up a specialised AIDS hospital. The AIDS patients are being treated at the infectious disease hospital in the city's Mohakhali area, he added.
The minister said the government had taken various steps to prevent the spread of the dealy disease. Formation of AIDS technical committee, training to 55 health workers and enactment of save blood transfusion law would help prevent the spread of AIDS in the country. he added.
(Source: The daily Star, January 27, 2004/ Sent by: Khairuzzaman Kamal, BMSF)
posted by Prawate on Friday, February 06, 2004
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