|AVSI Uganda brings PMTCT experience to AIDS 2012 in Washington DC|
AVSI at XIX International AIDS Conference: “Born FREE from HIV: PMTCT Lessons Learned from Uganda”, satellite event, 7:00-8:30 AM July 25th, Washington DC, USA.
Organized by AVSI, Caritas Internationalis and World Youth Alliance, with speakers from the Uganda Ministry of Health, UNICEF, and AVSI local partners, this event will raise awareness about methods and successes in the Prevention of Mother-To-Child Transmission of HIV (PMTCT) in Uganda, with concrete examples brought to life through two videos and the publication “FREE”, which gives an overview of AVSI’s 10 years of PMTCT services that have changed the lives of thousands of mothers and infants in rural Uganda.
Two key factors of success will be underlined: building strong relationships among various international and local actors, and a community-based, person-centered approach to a disease such as HIV/AIDS, which affects not only a person’s health, but also his/her whole family, social and economic life.
The program for the event, which will draw over 30,000 participants from all over the world to the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, is outlined below:
Jimmy Kolker, Principal Deputy Director of the Office of Global Affairs, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
07:05 FREE: 10 years of AVSI PMTCT in Uganda, 10 years of children born free from HIV
Dr. Lawrence Ojom, Superintendent St. Joseph Hospital-Kitgum, Uganda
Ketty Opoka, Director, Meeting Point-Kitgum, Uganda
07:25 Uganda’s National PMTCT Program
Dr. Esiru Godfrey, National PMTCT Coordinator, Uganda Ministry of Health
07:35 Partnerships for PMTCT
May Anyabolu, Deputy Representative UNICEF Uganda
07:45 Faith-Based Organizations in the fight against HIV/AIDS
Rev. Msgr. Robert J. Vitillo, Special Advisor on HIV/AIDS, Caritas Internationalis
07:55 The role of the next generation in preventing HIV/AIDS
Anna Halpine, Founder and CEO World Youth Alliance
08:25 Conclusion and Final Thoughts
Jackie Aldrette, AVSI
*Note attendance for satellite events for AIDS 2012 is restricted to registered conference attendees.