“Why waste money on International AIDS Conferences?”

22 Jul

by Rev. JP Mokgethi-Heath I was born in a city in Africa which many people would call little more than a small town. Growing up I had the joy of playing in the dust in a carefree environment, wearing what I would only later know were clothes handed to my mother as clothes others in […]

AIDS will only end when….

21 Jul

Last night, Michel Sidibé, Executive Director of UNAIDS, called for intensive actions to achieve an end to the AIDS epidemic by 2030. Many acknowledge that we have the tools and the knowledge now to reach this goal. We have the medicines to suppress the virus and we can prevent AIDS-related deaths. We know how to […]

Faith, compassion and acceptance: Addressing homophobia and HIV-related stigma

20 Jul

At the Interfaith Pre-Conference of the 2014 International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, Australia, religious leaders and scholars from diverse faiths discussed how faith-based attitudes and religious beliefs impact HIV-related stigma and discrimination, access to health services, and sexual behavior and identity. In a workshop co-organized by the Asian Interfaith Network on HIVand AIDS (AINA), International […]

Interfaith Prayer Room, Chaplains Available to All Attending AIDS 2014

20 Jul

Those seeking a quiet space for prayer and comfort amidst the buzz of AIDS 2014 need to look no further than the Interfaith Prayer Room at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. Nine interfaith chaplains, representing Buddhist, Christian, and Muslim traditions, as well as the Interfaith Centre of Melbourne, will be present to provide spiritual […]

Young women speak out about the future they want

20 Jul

World YWCA has brought a delegation of young women from across the globe to share their stories, reflect on their lives and the work they do in communities, and bring the issues that young women face more visibly to the AIDS 2014 conference. Read more!  

UNAIDS: Faith-based organizations stepping up the response to HIV

20 Jul

Faith-based organizations from around the world came together on the eve of the 20th International AIDS Conference, to be held in Melbourne, Australia, to call for a renewed commitment to strengthening the global AIDS response. During the interfaith preconference event, Stepping up in Faith, which took place on 18 and 19 July, more than a […]

”Pushing on” to end HIV/AIDS in Australasia

20 Jul

Ambassador Tim Fischer, Emeritus Ambassador of Australia to the Holy See, delivered a keynote address at the Catholic pre-conference, ahead of the 20th International AIDS Conference in Melbourne. See the full article athttp://www.caritas.org/2014/07/pushing-end-hivaids-australasia/

Religious leaders challenged to continue the fight to ensure access for all to HIV care

19 Jul

Religious leaders gathered in Australia on the eve of the International AIDS Conference were challenged to broaden their work against the global crisis during a July 19 gathering at a Catholic center in Melbourne. The session brought together participants in a Catholic pre-conference, sponsored by Caritas Internationalis and other Catholic groups, with those from an […]

Interfaith Pre-conference opens in Melbourne

18 Jul

“Stepping up in Faith: The Interfaith Pre-conference to AIDS 2014″ has opened in Melbourne, remembering those who have lost their lives in the tragic crash of MH 17, including colleagues and campaigners who had been heading to AIDS 2014. In the opening plenary, participants were challenged by people living with HIV and from key populations […]

Faith-based campaigners to step up response to HIV

14 Jul

Representatives of faith-based organizations and people of faith living with or affected by HIV will be calling for an even stronger global response to HIV during an interfaith pre-conference held 18-19 July in advance of the 20th International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, Australia. Speakers include Dr Luiz Loures, Deputy Executive Director of UNAIDS; Ambassador Deborah […]