NEW YORK, Sept. 24, 2012 – AID FOR AIDS International (AFAI), an organization providing vital services and access to medication to people with HIV in over 40 countries worldwide, is presenting its commitment “Empowering Communities for an AIDS-Free Generation” at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Annual Meeting this week.
AFAI’s commitment develops a new campaign to educate and empower key vulnerable populations in six Latin American countries: Colombia, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Panama, Peru, and Venezuela. More specifically, the commitment will reach thousands of women, girls, men who have sex with men, and transgender women. As part of a widespread educational and media campaign, we will implement a series of workshops focused on HIV prevention strategies and fighting discrimination and stigma, as well as encouraging testing among the target populations.
The CGI Annual Meeting is held in New York City, and during this highly anticipated event international leaders gather together to address some of the world’s most pressing issues. Being AFAI’s first year as a CGI member, we are especially thrilled to have our director, Jesus Aguais, present this commitment that seeks to address health disparities and the lack of information on HIV among the most vulnerable groups in the region. The ultimate goal of the commitment is to reduce HIV infection in these countries and eliminate the discrimination faced by people living with or at risk for HIV and AIDS.
Over the span of a few years our organization has grown from a simple idea into the largest HIV medication recycling program in the world. As we continue to expand our reach globally, we have started to garner more attention from international media and global leaders alike. For this reason, we are delighted to be a part of CGI this year. With the collaboration of some of the brightest minds and influential leaders, we will get one step closer to achieving an AIDS-free generation.
About the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI)
Established in 2005 by President Bill Clinton, the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) convenes global leaders to create and implement innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges. CGI Annual Meetings have brought together more than 150 heads of state, 20 Nobel Prize laureates, and hundreds of leading CEOs, heads of foundations and NGOs, major philanthropists, and members of the media. To date CGI members have made more than 2,100 commitments, which are already improving the lives of nearly 400 million people in more than 180 countries. When fully funded and implemented, these commitments will be valued at $69.2 billion.
CGI’s Annual Meeting is held each September in New York City. CGI also convenes CGI America, a meeting focused on collaborative solutions to economic recovery in the United States, and CGI University (CGI U), which brings together undergraduate and graduate students to address pressing challenges in their community or around the world.
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