Africa AIDS Conference to Be Held in Nairobi in September: Official
June 12, 2003
The 13th International Conference on HIV/AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Diseases in Africa will be held in Nairobi September 21-26, the Kenyan government announced Wednesday. Every two years, the forum brings together African scientists, social leaders, political leaders and communities to share experiences and updates on the responses to the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Kenyan Security Minister Chris Murungaru told a press briefing the theme of the forum this year will be "Improving Access to Care." In Africa, he said, fewer than 4 percent of the people who need antiretroviral medication receive it, and fewer than 10 percent of people living with HIV/AIDS have access to palliative care or treatment of opportunistic infections. Sponsors of the conference include the World Health Organization, CDC, UNAIDS, International AIDS Society, International AIDS Vaccine Initiative, Society of AIDS in Africa, UN Development Program, World Bank and GlaxoSmithKline.
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