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Published:March 11th, 2008 04:15 EST
HIV/AIDS Implementers Meeting scheduled June 3-7

HIV/AIDS Implementers Meeting scheduled June 3-7

By SOP newswire

Major actors in the worldwide struggle against the HIV/AIDS pandemic will share experiences of how partnerships can expand the reach of their programmes at a meeting co-sponsored by the United Nations this June in Uganda, where the infection rate has  been slowed and around half those infected reached by treatment.

"Sharing best practices and lessons learned in implementing programmes is an essential part of informing future AIDS programming," Dr. Peter Piot, Executive Director of the UN Joint Programme on HIV/AIDS said of the meeting, entitled: "Scaling Up Through Partnerships: Overcoming Obstacles to Implementation."

The so-called Implementers' Meeting, to take place in Uganda's capital Kampala from 3 to 7 June, will be hosted by the Government of that country and build on a similar gathering held last year in Kigali, Rwanda, according to a joint press release send out by the sponsors.

Those sponsors include UNAIDS, the United States President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, the UN Children's Fund (UNICEF), the World Bank, the World Health Organization (WHO), and the Global Network of People Living with HIV/AIDS.

Topics for the meeting will include monitoring and evaluation, human capacity development, increasing knowledge, coordination and harmonization, linking people with resources and integration of services, the sponsors said.