Archive for March, 2015

Regional consultation for Development urges inclusion and social equality

Regional consultation for Development urges inclusion and social equality

  • 28th March 2015
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eclWithin the scope of the Regional consultation on financing for development held in Chile, Alicia Bárcena, Executive Secretary of the Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), spoke about the challenges of development and social inclusion, its impact on the most vulnerable populations and the role of civil society in the agenda of development. “I think today we are fulfilling some aspirations, at least having an agenda with more inclusive and universal objectives of sustainable development is a breakthrough on this issue. I think that many of the shortcomings of those commitments that were taken in Rio, Cairo and Beijing were not met because of lack of political will, because I believe that money and finance are not the problem (...) Latin America had major advances, people came out of poverty, we moved forward in terms of inequality, but there are many shortcomings still (...)” Said Mrs. Bárcena.…
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UNAIDS builds its 2016-2021 strategy using virtual communication technology

UNAIDS builds its 2016-2021 strategy using virtual communication technology

  • 25th March 2015
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UNAIDS has organized a process of updating and extension of its current strategy 2011-2015 for the period 2016-2021. This process includes face-to-face meetings, both regionally and globally, as well as virtual meetings (Webex) to facilitate a dialogue at the regional, subregional and national level in all countries. In addition, UNAIDS has also organized a regional webcast in order to open a discussion at a high-level meeting on issues that inform the strategy. UNAIDS seeks to facilitate the incorporation to the discussion on the UNAIDS strategy 2016-2021 to the different regional actors; as well as incorporate the topics of relevance to the discussion on the questions that inform the strategy update. The parameters of the update of the strategy include the extension of the current strategy, which seeks to maintain the goal of the three zeros: zero new HIV infections, zero deaths associated with HIV and zero discrimination. As well as…
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Venezuela – Forum and analysis on the new law that prohibits discrimination against people with HIV

Venezuela – Forum and analysis on the new law that prohibits discrimination against people with HIV

  • 25th March 2015
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Caracas will host the forum “Knowing the law for the promotion and protection of the right to equality of persons with HIV and/or AIDS and their family members”. The Forum will be for the community at large, and admission is free. The forum will take place at the Hotel President in Caracas, Venezuela. On December 30th, 2014 this law was enacted by the President of the Republic, and now it will be analyzed by recognized experts in the field. Experts and activists who will participate in the evaluation include Alberto Nieves, Executive Director of ACCSI (Acción Solidaria Contra el Sida) whose presentation is titled “Presentation of the law for the promotion and protection of the right to equality of persons with HIV and/or AIDS and their family members”. Furthermore, other participants will be at the event such as Dr. Miguel Morales, Coordinator of the national AIDS program, who will talk…
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Latin American women activists attend the United Nations

Latin American women activists attend the United Nations

  • 22nd March 2015
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Each year, thousands of women representatives from Governments and activists from around the world gather at the headquarters of the United Nations (UN), in New York, in order to participate in the Commission on the status of women (CSW), which is dedicated to the promotion of gender equality. The Commission currently examines progress after 20 years of the Declaration and the platform for action of Beijing, a commitment made by the Member States in 1995 for the advancement of women. Latin America was also present at this event, which undoubtedly helps to promote equality of gender in all women equally, regardless of age, social group or ethnicity. “The important thing for us is that there is a systematic violation of human rights in Mexico. There are disappearances of women and girls, there is girls trafficking by organized crime and drug trafficking and that has to stop,” said Dali Angel with…
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Gala Mi Héroe AID FOR AIDS México

Gala Mi Héroe AID FOR AIDS México

  • 20th March 2015
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APARTA LA FECHA  16 de abril 2015 Museo Jumex No te pierdas la oportunidad de asistir a esta gran noche de Gala. Además de ayudar, todo lo recaudado se verá reflejado directamente en los programas de AID FOR AIDS por la salud de los mexicanos. Cupo limitado, para asegurar tu lugar en la cena, es importante reservar lo antes posible: Patrocinador Platino por $195,000 Pesos Patrocinador Oro por $130,000 Pesos Patrocinador Plata por $75,000 Pesos Patrocinador Bronce por $25,000 Pesos Presencia de Marca por $15,000 Pesos Ticket (s) $2,500 Pesos Para mayor información contactar a Luis Pastrana Lpastrana@aidforaids.org
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Women of the world are in need of a renewed commitment to ensuring gender equality and women’s empowerment

Women of the world are in need of a renewed commitment to ensuring gender equality and women’s empowerment

  • 19th March 2015
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The advances in the sphere of women’s rights that have been achieved after 20 years of Beijing+20 are being discussed these days. The sessions will be held from 9th to 20th March, and an assessment of the achievements will be held within the framework of the 20th anniversary of the implementation of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action on women, which was developed in Beijing in 1995. The evaluation exercise includes consultations at a national and regional level, and it seeks to identify the main challenges in the area of gender equality. The Commission on the Status of Women is the main intergovernmental international body dedicated to the promotion of gender equality and the empowerment of women. It’s an organic Commission under the Economic and Social Council. This year is of vital importance not only for the 20th anniversary, but because it is part of the definition of the…
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Honduras – HIV law reform finally helps affected communities

Honduras – HIV law reform finally helps affected communities

  • 19th March 2015
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Finally, after months of hard work and activism, Honduras managed to approve the reform of 47 articles of the HIV Law, which helps people with HIV in the country. This reform seeks to guarantee the rights of people with HIV and/or AIDS and, thus, ensure a comprehensive response to the epidemic. One of the most significant achievements of this reform is the 47th article, which establishes that “all people with HIV are exempted from payment of the recovery fee or any other fee for the provision of services”; an amount charged in different health centers to patients with HIV, which was causing people to abandon their treatment. One of the most significant achievements was the modification of the article which established that people with HIV were not allowed to adopt any children or even worst were not allowed to get married. Massive HIV testing in detention centers and mandatory HIV…
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Mexico – subregional meeting on youth and HIV 2015

Mexico – subregional meeting on youth and HIV 2015

  • 17th March 2015
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The subregional meeting on youth and HIV was held in Mexico from February 27th to March 1st. The objective of the meeting was to strengthen the skills of young people in advocacy and it was organized by the Alianza Mexicana de las Juventudes con vih (Mexican Alliance of youth with HIV) and with the support of regional networks, governmental institutions and international agencies. The objective was clear: to strengthen the skills of young people to identify and actively participate in decision-making spaces through advocacy. “Spaces such as the subregional meeting have the potential to reach more young people in the HIV response, with a positive message, without the burden of stigma and discrimination,” said Javier Arellano, representative of UNAIDS. Arellano also commented that the subregional meeting is intended so that youth bring to their communities advocacy tools and use them in the prevention of HIV and in the messages that…
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Peru – Hospitals run out of HIV medicines

Peru – Hospitals run out of HIV medicines

  • 12th March 2015
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Five hospitals in Lima, Callao and Cajamarca, have reported shortage of HIV medicine. According to a report, hospitals with problems of shortage and rationing are Daniel Alcides Carrión del Callao, Hospital Regional de Cajamarca, María Auxiliadora, Dos de Mayo and Arzobispo Loayza in Lima. Those affected have denounced that their treatment schemes have been randomly changed, which is harmful for their health. Furthermore, there are various allegations regarding the absence of reagents for viral load testing, which are used to measure the progression of the virus in the body of a person with HIV. It should be noted that in Peru, there are approximately 27,000 people with HIV receiving antiretroviral treatment. The most critical issue was the communiqué of Percy Minaya, Deputy Minister of Health, who said that the delivery of Tenofovir should be up to 15 days (normal delivery is every 3 months). He also prohibits prescribing the same…
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Youth from Latin America and the World

Youth from Latin America and the World

  • 10th March 2015
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In Latin America alone there are 165 million young people, who undoubtedly represent a great opportunity to transform the context in the region. In the regional presentation of the 2014 World Population report by the UN, the Director of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in Latin America and the Caribbean, Marcela Suazo, highlighted the challenges that the region faces today. The analysis shows what we can do and where we need to focus our investments in each country, for the sake of promoting the development of youth and society. Globally, young people aged between 10 and 24 years old constitute, according to the report, less than a quarter of the world’s population; nine out of ten live in less developed countries. For instance, in Latin America, countries such as Honduras, Nicaragua or El Salvador presented one higher concentration of adolescents and young people, who represent 30% or more of…
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