Building on achievements and exploring new ways to find a cure for
OTTAWA, July 18, 2014 /CNW/ - The Honourable Rona Ambrose, Minister of
Health, will be in Melbourne next week at the 20th International AIDS Conference. Canada is making many significant
contributions in the areas of testing and treatment guidance; vaccine
development and research; and international partnerships to combat this
deadly disease. The Conference is an opportunity for Canada to further
collaborate with experts, researchers, policy makers and people
committed to addressing HIV/AIDS from around the world on advancing
innovative research towards finding a cure, and improving prevention
efforts, diagnosis, treatment and care for those living with HIV/AIDS.
While in Melbourne, Minister Ambrose will visit the Victorian Aboriginal
Health Services (VAHS) to learn about the work it does in providing a
range of services from medical, dental and social services to
Australia's indigenous population.
The Minister and Canadian researchers will also go to the Burnet
Institute to learn about its work in HIV/AIDS research and public
health, and to share Canada's advances in research.
While at the Conference, the Minister will meet with her counterparts
from other countries to discuss their respective efforts to address
HIV/AIDS and other shared health priorities. She will also meet with
domestic and international partners in Canada's response to HIV/AIDS,
the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS);
the International Indigenous Working Group on HIV & AIDS;
the National Aboriginal Council on HIV/AIDS; and
Canadian civil society organizations.
The 20th International AIDS Conference takes place in Melbourne, Australia, July
20-25, 2014. The theme of this year's conference is Stepping up the Pace, referring to the need to build on recent momentum and optimism to ensure
that HIV remains on top of the global agenda and to increase the pace
to ultimately reverse the trajectory of the epidemic.
Canada is pleased to support the 2014 International Indigenous Pre-conference on HIV and AIDS: Our Story, Our Time, Our Future through its partnership with the Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network. This
pre-conference is an opportunity to highlight the Indigenous context as
it relates to HIV/AIDS and for participants to learn from one another,
exchange ideas and return home with a renewed commitment to addressing
HIV/AIDS in Indigenous populations.
Canada is proud to be an active player in addressing HIV and AIDS on
many fronts. Through the Federal Initiative to Address HIV/AIDS in
Canada and the Canadian HIV Vaccine Initiative, Canada is investing
over $86 million this year alone and over $700 million since 2006 to
address HIV and AIDS.
The Public Health Agency of Canada released its HIV Screening and Testing Guide to health care providers across Canada last year. The goal of the guide
is to make HIV testing available to more people as part of their
routine medical care so that those who may have otherwise remained
unaware of infection can access available treatment and take steps to
prevent the spread of infection.
Canada's global HIV/AIDS efforts, through the Department of Foreign
Affairs, Trade and Development focuses on strengthening health systems;
maternal, newborn and child health; and investing in the prevention and
treatment of HIV/AIDS. For example, Canada has been a strong supporter
of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria since its
inception in 2002. Canada was pleased to increase its contribution by
20% for the 2014-2016 period and is proud to have contributed to the
Global Fund's achievement in ensuring that 6.1 million people are
currently receiving lifesaving antiretroviral treatment for AIDS.
From May 28 to 30, 2014, in Toronto, the Prime Minister hosted Saving
Every Woman, Every Child: Within Arm's Reach. At the Summit, Canada
committed $3.5 billion in support for the period of 2015-2020 and
renewed global momentum to advance maternal, newborn and child health
as a global priority beyond 2015. Canada's contribution will continue
to target the most effective ways to reduce maternal and child deaths
by prioritizing three programmatic areas: strengthening of health
systems, improving nutrition, and reducing the burden of leading
diseases, including AIDS.
"Our deepest condolences to the families, friends and colleagues touched
by the tragedy of Malaysian Airlines flight MH17. We have learned that
many of those on board were bound for the International AIDS
Conference. They will be remembered as we continue to fight this
The Honourable Rona Ambrose
Minister of Health
""I am proud to take part in the 20th International AIDS Conference.
This conference provides a valuable opportunity to build on our
achievements, share what we've learned and explore new ways to build
capacity where it's needed, so that we can put an end to this epidemic
by working together internationally towards finding a cure."
The Honourable Rona Ambrose
Minister of Health
SOURCE: Public Health Agency of Canada
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