AFN to participate in first HIV/TB Global Leaders' Forum



    OTTAWA, June 9 /CNW Telbec/ - Regional Chief Angus Toulouse is
representing the Assembly of First Nations at the first HIV/TB Global Leader's
Forum, held today in New York.
    The high rates of TB/HIV among indigenous peoples is expected to be a
topic of concern at the forum. Globally, the 370 million Indigenous peoples in
80 countries are among the poorest and most marginalized communities and where
data are available, suffer a burden of TB 20-30 times and HIV 10 times the
non-indigenous rates.
    "These are two areas of health that First Nations leaders are very
concerned about," says Regional Chief Angus Toulouse. "We are pleased to be a
part of this important forum and to join in a global call for action on HIV
and TB."
    The Forum signals the first time heads of government, public health and
business leaders, heads of UN agencies and activists will meet at UN
Headquarters to confront a global health threat that could undermine
investments in life-saving drug treatment for people living with HIV.
    This first HIV/TB Global Leaders' Forum will take place Monday, 9 June
2008, 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM at the UN Conference Room 2, UN Headquarters, New
York.
    Regional Chief Angus Toulouse will be available to Media from 1:30 pm to
2:30 pm EST.




For further information:

For further information: Karyn Pugliese, AFN Communications, (613)
292-1877, kpugliese@afn.ca


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