Canadian Government Efforts Help Move Issue to Main Session
OTTAWA, July 16, 2012 /CNW/ - For the first time ever, the issue of AIDS
in Aboriginal populations will be discussed in the main conference
program at next week's international HIV and AIDS conference in
Washington D.C. This is thanks in part to efforts of the Canadian
Government and the Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network, who have worked
together to advance this important issue.
"Including Aboriginal-focused sessions in the AIDS Conference program
reinforces our commitment to reduce HIV and AIDS in a population where
rates are still far too high," said Minister Aglukkaq. "I want to
congratulate conference organizers for taking this important step."
"The conference provides a strong platform for HIV and AIDS dialogue and
will enable global action and discussion on a range of
Aboriginal-related issues," said Ken Clement, CEO, Canadian Aboriginal
AIDS Network. "We appreciate the Minister's support and leadership in
helping raise awareness of these issues."
The Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Health, applauds the
organizers of the XIX International AIDS Conference, being held in
Washington D.C. next week (July 22 - 27), for ensuring that
Aboriginal-focused issues are more prominently featured in this year's
The International AIDS Conference is the leading gathering for those
working in the field of HIV and AIDS, bringing together over 20,000
delegates representing scientific research, civil society, community,
and government from around the world. It provides the opportunity to
focus on major issues facing the global response to HIV, to evaluate
new scientific developments and knowledge gaps, and to collectively
plan a path forward.
The Government of Canada has been an active player in these conferences
since their inception in 1985, and will contribute financially to the
International AIDS Society to help support the 2012 conference.
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SOURCE PUBLIC HEALTH AGENCY OF CANADA
For further information:
Office of the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq
Federal Minister of Health
Public Health Agency of Canada