Amsterdam welcomes the World to AIDS 2018
By Olabisi Adesina@AIDS 2018 Amsterdam
Amsterdam, July 23, 2018 (AltAfrica)-The 22nd International AIDS conference tagged AIDS 2018 begins officially on Monday .
The biennial Conference is the largest of any global health issue in the world .
About 15,000 participants, including scientists, researchers, academia, human rights activists, clinicians, international donors and agencies, policy makers and people living with HIV/AIDS, young people and the media are expected to grace the one week gathering
Prior to today’s official opening ceremony, some participants, including Alternativeafrica.com arrived Amsterdam for Pre Conference activities and programmes since Saturday 21st of July 2018
The Pre Conference was an opportunity for stakeholders to reflect on the work done so far by offering a range of population and issue-specific programmes by way of workshops, panel discussions, debates and community led events.
One of sure events was put together by Grassroots Soccer, an International organisation that educates ,inspires young people in developing countries to live healthier and more productive lives. This is done using soccer or football to connect adolescents with mentors, information and health services needed so that they can make educated choices in relation to HIV/AIDS, Sexual Health ,gender-based health and malaria.
Taonga Kennedy of Grassroots soccer
In keeping with the treatment target of HIV/IDS as set by UNAIDS, called the 90-90-90 , a Targets Workshop was organised by International Association of Providers of AIDS Care (IAPAC) , UNAIDS and Partners
The workshop comprised of speakers like Mr Patrick Benny of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS and Helen Ayles London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. They among others examined the barriers ,challenges and opportunities to attaining the UNAIDS 90-90-90 target by 2020 and the need to focus on the 10-10-10 people left behind , who must be linked to a health care systems in other to access stigma -free HIV , prevention, care, treatment and support.
Some of the highlights of the two day Pre Conference was the announcement of some pretigious awards and prizes by the President of the International AIDS Society (IAS) Linda-Gail Bekker.
The Prudence Mabele Prize went to Duduzile of Diamini of South Africa , an outstanding advocate for the rights and health of sex workers. The IAS Me and My Healthcare Provider Awards went Gulzhakhan Akmetova a clinical Specialist , Nesrine Afif Rizk, Infectious Disease Physician from Kazakhstan, Loveness Gunda, Labanon, Nurse/Midwife from Malawi and Geoffery Phillip Wander a Social worker and HIVCounsellor from Uganda. The Lange/Van Tongeren Young investigators prize was awarded to four Young investigators among others.
Grandchildren of Dame Elizabeth Taylor .Quinn Tivey and his Cousins Leala and Naomi Wilding
In celebrating the memory and vocal relentless human rights work done by Dame Elizabeth Taylor while alive, The Elizabeth Taylor Human Rights Award was given to Allan Achesa Maleche , a Human Rights Lawyer from Kenyan. Quinn Tivey , Trustee of The Elizzabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation said his grandmother would have been proud to see the award go to such a dedicated human rights crusader.
To further bring to light the work done by Elizabeth Taylor at the 8th International AIDS Conference in Amsterdam Twenty six years ago, Quinn Tivey and his Cousins Leala and Naomi Wilding declared the Global Village of the 22nd International AIDS Conference opened
Olabisi Adesina of Alternativeafrica.com with Ubongabasi Obot of Amsterdam Youth Force
First convened during the peak of the AIDS epidemic in 1985, the international AIDS conference 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.In a build up to this biennial event ,
Olabisi Adesina of Alternativeafrica.com with Quinn Tivey and his Cousins Leala and Naomi Wilding, grandchildren of Dame Elizabeth Taylor