News / Health

AIDS Conference Concluding After Debate on Funding

Former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist shakes hands with a member of the audience at the XIX International AIDS Conference in Washington, July 25, 2012. Former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist shakes hands with a member of the audience at the XIX International AIDS Conference in Washington, July 25, 2012.
x
Former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist shakes hands with a member of the audience at the XIX International AIDS Conference in Washington, July 25, 2012.
Former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist shakes hands with a member of the audience at the XIX International AIDS Conference in Washington, July 25, 2012.
WASHINGTON, D.C. —  More than 20,000 participants are wrapping up the global AIDS conference in Washington, after a week of events intended to invigorate efforts to halt the epidemic. While scientists and international policy makers discussed research and effective governmental programs to help those infected with HIV, thousands of activists spent part of the week demonstrating against what they consider inadequate funding for the fight against the disease. 

All week participants discussed medical advances and strategies in the fight against AIDS.

One panel on Thursday was disrupted by protesters calling for increased funding to end an epidemic that has killed around 30 million people since the 1980s.

A vaccine is still out of reach. But researchers say the epidemic can be stopped because people with HIV who undergo treatment are less likely to spread the virus that causes AIDS.

The Thursday panel focused on the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. General Manager Gabriel Jaramillo seemed to agree with the demonstrators, saying it is fine to set intermediary goals.

"But at the end, anybody that is infected by HIV/AIDS has to have treatment," he said. "And we have to have that as our maximum goal and that is what the Global Fund of the next five years is gearing up to."

The question, though, is who will pay for that at a time when the U.S. and other donor countries - that have spent billions of dollars fighting AIDS - face economic crises at home.

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has been promoting "country ownership," meaning that governments in the developing world should take more responsibility for the epidemic.

More than 34 million people are now infected with HIV. And around 70 percent live in Africa.

This AIDS conference was the first to be held in the United States in more than 20 years. The hiatus was the result of a travel ban on people with HIV that President Barack Obama lifted two years ago.

Watch related video from 2012 AIDS Conference by VOA's Jeff Swicord
Related video from 2012 AIDS Conferencei
|| 0:00:00
X
July 28, 2012 2:49 AM
Related video from 2012 AIDS Conference

Jerome Socolovsky

Jerome Socolovsky is the award-winning religion correspondent for the Voice of America, based in Washington. He reports on the rapidly changing faith landscape of the United States, including interfaith issues, secularization and non-affiliation trends and the growth of immigrant congregations.

You May Like

N. Korea Sentences American to 6 Years Hard Labor

Matthew Miller's brief trial Sunday comes two weeks after 24-year old Miller and two other American detainees appealed to the US government to help free them More

Pakistan Rejects Afghan Criticism of 480-kilometer Border Trench

Military spokesman tells VOA the project is part of administrative and security measures taken to secure the mountainous border with Afghanistan More

Photogallery Typhoon Kalmaegi Makes Landfall in Philippines

Storm makes landfall late Sunday, cutting power and communications lines and forcing people to flee to higher ground More

This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Scotland Independence Bid Stokes Global Interesti
X
Henry Ridgwell
September 12, 2014 8:35 PM
The people of Scotland are preparing to vote on whether to become independent and break away from the rest of Britain, in a referendum being watched carefully in many other countries. Some see it as a risky experiment; while others hope a successful vote for independence might energize their own separatist demands. Foreign immigrants to Scotland have a front row seat for the vote. VOA’s Henry Ridgwell spoke to some of them in Edinburgh.
Video

Video Scotland Independence Bid Stokes Global Interest

The people of Scotland are preparing to vote on whether to become independent and break away from the rest of Britain, in a referendum being watched carefully in many other countries. Some see it as a risky experiment; while others hope a successful vote for independence might energize their own separatist demands. Foreign immigrants to Scotland have a front row seat for the vote. VOA’s Henry Ridgwell spoke to some of them in Edinburgh.
Video

Video Washington DC Mural Artists Help Beautify City

Like many cities, Washington has a graffiti problem. Buildings and homes, especially in low-income neighborhoods, are often targets of illegal artwork. But as we hear from VOA’s Julie Taboh, officials in the nation's capital have come up with an innovative program that uses the talents of local artists to beautify the city.
Video

Video Palestinians Turn to Rebuilding Gaza

After almost two months of conflict in Gaza, Palestinians are preparing to rebuild the isolated Mediterranean enclave with assistance from abroad. Meanwhile, an international human rights group has found that Israel likely violated international laws of war during some of its attacks on Gaza. Zlatica Hoke has more.
Video

Video US Muslim Leaders Condemn Islamic State

Leaders of America's Muslim community are condemning the violent extremism of the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria. The U.S. Muslim leaders say militants are exploiting their faith in a failed effort to justify violent extremism. VOA correspondent Meredith Buel reports.
Video

Video Middle Eastern Church Leaders Highlight Christians’ Plight

Patriarchs of Eastern Rite churches came to Washington this week to draw attention to the attacks against Christians in Syria, Iraq and elsewhere in the Middle East. VOA’s religion correspondent Jerome Socolovsky has more.
Video

Video Americans' Reaction Mixed on Obama Strategy for Islamic State Militants

President Barack Obama’s televised speech on how the United States plans to “degrade and destroy” the group known as the Islamic State reached a prime-time audience of millions. And it came as Americans appear more willing to embrace a bolder, tougher approach to foreign policy. VOA producer Katherine Gypson and reporter Jeff Seldin have this report from Washington.
Video

Video Authorities Allege LA Fashion Industry-Cartel Ties

U.S. officials say they have broken up crime rings that funneled tens of millions of dollars from Mexican drug cartels through fashion businesses in Los Angeles. Mike O'Sullivan reports that authorities announced nine arrests, as 1,000 law enforcement agents fanned out through the city on Wednesday.
Video

Video Bedouin Woman Runs Successful Business in Palestinian City

A Bedouin woman is breaking social taboos by running a successful vacation resort in the Palestinian town of Jericho. Bedouins are a sub-group of Arabs known for their semi-nomadic lifestyle. Zlatica Hoke says the resort in the West Bank's Jordan Valley is a model of success for women in the region.


Carnage and mayhem are part of daily life in northern Nigeria, the result of a terror campaign by the Islamist group Boko Haram. Fears are growing that Nigeria’s government may not know how to counter it, and may be making things worse. More

AppleAndroid