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22nd International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2018)

Organized by the International AIDS Society

22nd International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2018)
July 23 – 27
Amsterdam, the Netherlands


The International AIDS Conference is the largest conference on any global health or development issue in the world. First convened during the peak of the AIDS epidemic in 1985, it continues to provide a unique forum for the intersection of science, advocacy, and human rights. Each conference is an opportunity to strengthen policies and programmes that ensure an evidence-based response to the epidemic. The 22nd International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2018) will be hosted in Amsterdam, Netherlands 23-27 July 2018.


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July 24 – 26
12.30 P.M. – 2.30 P.M.
Palais des Congrès
Paris, France


Join us next week for the 9th International AIDS Society Conference on HIV Science in Paris, France. This year, we have an impressive lineup of poster presentations that showcase the inspiring and ambitious work MSH is doing to improve HIV treatment and care around the world, particularly in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Malawi, Nigeria, and Swaziland.

Leveraging Innovation & Finance to End (LIFE) AIDS

Leveraging Innovation & Finance to End (LIFE) AIDS 
And Challenges in Health Security

September 20, 2016
4:30 pm

United Nations Headquarters
East Lounge
405 East 42nd Street
New York, NY

RSVP HERE by 4 pm on September 16

Please join us for a discussion on leveraging innovation and financing to end AIDS and other global health challenges. This forum will take place at the United Nations. Invitations are non-transferable. Please arrive early due to security.

Featured Speakers:

Michel Sidibé
Executive Director of UNAIDS and Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations

Gary Cohen
Executive Vice President, President Global Health & Development, BD

Farid Fezoua
CEO of GE Healthcare Africa

Honorable Ummy Ally Mwalimu
Minister of Health Tanzania

Jaak Peeters
Global Head, Johnson & Johnson Global Public Health

Gerhard Pries
CEO and Managing Partner, Sarona Asset Management Inc.

And other Health Ministers from Emerging Market Governments

Moderated by:

Joanne Manrique
President of the Center for Global Health and Diplomacy (GHD)

The Fifth Replenishment Conference of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria

The Fifth Replenishment Conference of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria

September 16, 2016
Montréal, Québec


Prime Minister Justin Trudeau pledges support for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria and announces that Canada will host international donors at a pledging conference in Montréal in September 2016.

This conference will bring global health leaders together to further mobilize efforts to end the epidemics of three of the world’s most devastating diseases – AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria – by 2030.

The Prime Minister announced that Canada is pledging CAD785 million to the Global Fund for the next three years, a 20 per cent increase from its previous pledge three years ago. This investment will make a significant contribution to the ultimate goal of saving an additional 8 million lives and averting an additional 300 million new infections by 2019.

“This is an historic opportunity for Canada and the world,” said Prime Minister Trudeau. “By fast-tracking investments and building global solidarity, we can bring an end to three devastating epidemics – AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria – that have tragic and far-reaching impacts on the world’s most vulnerable people.”


For more information, please contact:

Mobile: +41 79 788 1163

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Leave No-one Behind in the Post-2015 Health Agenda

This blog was cross-posted from the Huffington Post and written by Executive Director, International HIV/AIDS Alliance.

In just a few months’ time, the world will agree on a new set of global development goals which are expected to be more ambitious, more rights-based and more sustainable than the preceding Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

Proposed targets like “end the AIDS epidemic”, “ensure universal access to sexual and reproductive health services” and “achieve universal health coverage”, as well as a goal on reducing inequalities, give us a lot of reason for hope. Hope that this time we will get it right and not leave behind millions of people across the world who are marginalised, excluded, stigmatised or even criminalised. These include LGBTI people and other groups most at risk of HIV who can be denied access to life-saving health care for no other reason than their sexual orientation, gender identity, HIV status or trait that marks them as “different” from the majority.

This year’s World Health Assembly, taking place this week in Geneva, is a crucial one. It’s the last one before the UN General Assembly in September when the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will be adopted and takes place amid intergovernmental negotiations on the post-2015 targets, indicators, and monitoring and accountability mechanisms.

Securing universal health coverage (UHC) is a key priority for the World Health Organisation as for the next few months it is working with the World Bank, the US government and other member states to develop indicators and a roadmap for health measurement and accountability. It’s depressing to see that, despite the momentum that UHC has been gaining for a solid decade now, it’s clear that it has not been reaching the most marginalised.

Limited capacity in healthcare settings to understand and serve the specialised needs of vulnerable populations and marginalised groups, as well as reconciling UHC with countries’ policies or legislation which impedes people’s right to health, will continue to prevent countries from achieving UHC and the associated health and economic benefits.

If legal frameworks continue to cultivate environments of discrimination, stigmatisation and criminalisation of people most affected by HIV, this will also seriously undermine being able to bring about an end to AIDS. Just consider these statistics: globally, gay men and other men who have sex with men are 19 times more likely to be living with HIV than the general population, while transgender women are up to 49 times more likely to acquire HIV than all adults of reproductive age.

We need to acknowledge that the current UHC target and indicators under the post-2015 goals are falling short of truly addressing the specific challenges and rights of LGBTI people and other key populations. A comprehensive approach to equity is key to the success of UHC, which goes beyond addressing inequalities related to income, expenditure or wealth, place of residence, and sex and takes into account all factors of marginalisation in UHC indicators and measurement.

Together with UNAIDS, we’re hosting a side event at the World Health Assembly to try and hold member states to a fully inclusive health goal. A young LGBTI activist will be speaking there, from a country that refuses to acknowledge his sexual identity let alone respect and honour his human rights and right to health. He will be speaking of his individual battles, and those of his friends and peers, to access HIV services in a setting where they feel safe and equal. Universal health coverage is only universal if it provides them with quality healthcare that is appropriate to their specific health needs.

UHC is one of the biggest promises to realise access to health care for all and an end to AIDS. We have a window of opportunity to ensure that every one of us receives the healthcare we need, wherever we are, whoever we are. Let’s not miss it and spend the next 15 years with regrets.

The International HIV/AIDS Alliance has launched Write Us In, a new global campaign to ensure equitable access to healthcare for LGBTI people.