Archive for July, 2011

MY HERO GALA 2011

MY HERO GALA 2011

  • 27th July 2011
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AID FOR AIDS International is excited to announce its 10th annual My Hero Gala. The evening where we celebrate the courage to make a difference and honor those who have made substantial contributions to the battle against HIV and AIDS. The My Hero Gala is both the culmination and the highlight of our fundraising year, and is critical to our efforts to build awareness of our mission within the community. This year, the My Hero Gala marks the 15th anniversary of AID FOR AIDS. As such, this event symbolizes our ability to empower people and communities for a decade and a half, while continuing to provide access to HIV treatment, education, HIV prevention strategies, and tools for advocacy to thousands of people around the world. We take justifiable pride in those accomplishments, but at the same time we are humbled by the enormity of the task we have taken on,…
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Primera Charla de Prevención de VIH y Sida por Miss Panamá 2011

Primera Charla de Prevención de VIH y Sida por Miss Panamá 2011

  • 26th July 2011
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Como parte de la invitación recibida por la Policía Nacional, el pasado Lunes 28 de Julio del presente año, Sheldry Saéz- Miss Panama 2011 asistió a la sede de la PN en Ancón para dar una charla de Prevención de VIH y Sida a 35 estudiantes de la Panama School y a autoridades de la PN incluyendo al Director General Gustavo Pérez, acompañana por la Psicóloga Rita Banús.  
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Young Leaders Gather To “Arm Peace” In Central America

Young Leaders Gather To “Arm Peace” In Central America

  • 25th July 2011
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Seeking to build a culture of peace throughout Central America, young people, joined by representatives of government, industry, civil society and international organizations, convened on July 7-8 in Guatemala City. The regional forum, “Armando Peace” (Forging Peace), was sponsored by the Organization of American States (OAS), in collaboration with the Guatemalan Ministry of Education, The National Youth Council (CONJUVE) and the Central American Educational and Cultural Coordination unit (CECC-SICA).  Present at this first regional meeting were participants from El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Panama, Costa Rica, Honduras and Dominican Republic. Young leaders at the forum were invited to propose projects that would “Arm Peace” in the areas of culture, health, education, and employment. AID FOR AIDS was represented at the forum by four young leaders on our Panamanian staff: Carlos Pavel, Coordinator of HIV Prevention Programs; Rita Banus, Psychologist at the Care Centre for children and adolescents, Catherine Quintero, Assistant to…
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AID FOR AIDS International Thanks Zipsters!

AID FOR AIDS International Thanks Zipsters!

  • 22nd July 2011
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AID FOR AIDS International wishes to express its sincerest thanks to Zipcar Inc. for partnering with us on a successful campaign to marry energy-efficient transportation and the battle against HIV and AIDS. Under the month-long fundraising campaign, which ended July 15, Zipcar members – or “Zipsters” as they are known – donating $10 or more to AFAI received $10 driving credits toward their next Zipcar reservations. Non-members making donations to AID FOR AIDS received $30 off their new membership fees. “This latest campaign was a continuation of a very fruitful and longstanding relationship between our organizations,” noted AFAI executive director Jesus Aguais. “We look forward to working with Zipcar to keep coming up with creative new ways of expanding our partnership.” Zipcar, the world’s leading car-sharing network with over 575,000 members and a fleet of more than 8,000 vehicles, has been supporting our Recycling Program by providing free driving credit…
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AFAI Shares Statement On The Medicine Patent Pool And The Exlcusion Of Latin America

AFAI Shares Statement On The Medicine Patent Pool And The Exlcusion Of Latin America

  • 21st July 2011
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AID FOR AIDS International and The Central American Network of people living with HIV, REDCA+, congratulate the “Medicines Patent Pool” (MPP) for signing the voluntary licensing agreement with Gilead Sciences Inc. This agreement, the first with a major drug maker, will facilitate wider access to antiretroviral medicines. However, we note with dismay the limited geographical scope of the license agreement, which excludes a large portion of the Latin American community living with HIV. Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Mexico, Panama, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela are among those countries that will not benefit from the agreement. This lack of inclusion is contrary to the mandate to facilitate access to ARVs in all developing countries, which was reaffirmed in the 2011 UNGASS Political Declaration in paragraph 71.
 It is important to emphasize that the principle of Non-Discrimination does not absolve the MPP from the responsibility of including these Latin American…
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Broadway Cares Extends Funding For Aid For Aids International’s Recycling Program

Broadway Cares Extends Funding For Aid For Aids International’s Recycling Program

  • 19th July 2011
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AID FOR AIDS International is pleased to announce receipt of a grant from Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, in support of our medication recycling program, which distributes free antiretroviral medicine to people living with HIV or AIDS in over 35 developing countries. Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS has played a crucial role in the battle against HIV/AIDS for more than two decades. In 1987, Equity Fights AIDS was founded by the Council of Actors’ Equity Association with the aim of raising funds through equity theatre companies to support the Actors’ Fund AIDS Initiative. The following year, Broadway Cares was created by members of the Producers Group, earmarking donations for AIDS service organizations across the country, including Equity Fights AIDS. The two entertainment community organizations merged in 1992, and BC/EFA currently awards grants twice a year. For the last 10 years, Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS has supported our recycling program and we thank…
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Aid For Aids International Announces Medicine Drive

Aid For Aids International Announces Medicine Drive

  • 15th July 2011
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AID FOR AIDS International (AFAI) will launch a nationwide, weeklong medication recycling drive on August 18 through the 25th. In advance of the campaign, we have begun reaching out to AIDS organizations and community groups across the country to help us increase donations of HIV/AIDS medications and to build awareness of our recycling program, which over the past 15 years has shipped more than $70 million worth of antiretroviral medicine to people living with HIV or AIDS in 35 developing nations. AFAI will host an open house at our Manhattan headquarters on August 4, from 11 am to 3 pm. Staff members will be available to provide complete details and answer all questions about the recycling drive. “It’s a campaign whose beauty and power derive from its simplicity,” says Liliana Velasquez, Recycling Program and Marketing Manager at AFAI. “What could be simpler and more beautiful than turning potential waste product…
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Balanced Budgets Are A Goal Of NYIAL

Balanced Budgets Are A Goal Of NYIAL

  • 14th July 2011
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With some help from AID FOR AIDS’ New York Immigrant AIDS Link (NYIAL), Spanish-speaking immigrants living with HIV or AIDS in New York City can now do what the U.S. government, and most other governments around the world, can’t seem to do:  balance their budgets. NYIAL’s Financial Management interactive workshops take clients through all the basics of household budgeting, so they can reconcile their income and expenses and get themselves on a firm financial footing. The participants are all clients receiving rental assistance from the Hispanic AIDS Forum or Sustaining Living Fund.  They are required to attend the workshop in order to get aid with housing.  “First, we look at what comes in – all the different types of income, from salaries and bonuses, to investments and Social Security,” notes David Mosquera, NYIAL’s outreach coordinator and workshop facilitator. “Then we look at the other side of the ledger, all the…
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Global Fund Seeks Solutions Amid Scarcity

Global Fund Seeks Solutions Amid Scarcity

  • 13th July 2011
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With demand for access to treatment growing and financial resources shrinking, the Global Fund to Fight HIV, Tuberculosis and Malaria convened its IV Partnership Forum in Sao Paulo, Brazil June 28-30. The aim of this year’s meeting:  to establish a five-year (2012-2016) plan to battle the three diseases that continues to wreak havoc in the developing world, including Latin America and the Caribbean, Africa and Asia. Key actors from governments and civil society from around the globe and representatives of the Global Fund explored new ways of generating needed funds, which included getting developed nations to increase their donations and encouraging developing nations to mobilize to raise money within their own countries. Enrique Chavez, who attended the forum as director of AID FOR AIDS International’s Advocacy Department and Observatorio Latino’s coordinator, said the discussion mirrored the exchange of views at the meeting of activists the day before (More info about…
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Activists From Around The World Unite In Support Of The Global Fund

Activists From Around The World Unite In Support Of The Global Fund

  • 12th July 2011
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In preparation for the Fourth Global Fund Partnership Forum that took place from June 28-30 in Sao Paulo, Brazil, many activists from around the world met on June 27 to explore new ways to movilize resources to support the Fund’s mission. The day-long meeting, which included civil society activists from both developed and developing nations, focused on a single goal: to ensure that the Global Fund will remain alive and well. “We need the Fund to survive and thrive, not only because it is the only mechanism for distributing money to developing nations to support their HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria programs, but it’s the only means of ensuring that those funds are used productively,” noted Enrique Chavez, director of AID FOR AIDS International’s Advocacy Department. AFAI participated in the civil society meeting through its Observatorio Latino (http://www.observatoriolatino.org). Central to the continued well-being of the Global Fund, argued Chavez, is having…
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