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AVSI Uganda brings PMTCT experience to AIDS 2012 in Washington DC

altAVSI 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

Read more:

Find our satellite on the AIDS2012 Programme-at-a-Glance

Download the event flyer

*Note attendance for satellite events for AIDS 2012 is restricted to registered conference attendees.