The 17thinternational aids conference is scheduled to open in Mexico City, Mexico on
August 3rd. About 22 000 people, from field workers to government ministers
from across the globe are expected to attend.
leading humanitarian organization with HIV and AIDS programs says the
conference should put children at the focus of their discussions.
Martha Newsome is senior director of global
health and HIV and AIDS initiatives of world vision. She has been in Mexico
City since Wednesday and has been attending some of the pre-conference meetings
She noted “there
have been two conferences. One was the ecumenical, basically all the
faith-based organizations and church-based groups that are attending the
International Aids Conference and then there was a child focus symposium as
well that included all the child focus NGOs , agencies and donor governments, representatives,
so basically anybody who’s basically interested in how children are being
affected by HIV and AIDS.”
Newsome said she expects Africa to be well
represented at the conference.
In an article circulated earlier in the week
World Vision said the conference would be an expensive talking shop unless
children are put at the focus of discussions.
said she would expect all the donor communities to, among other things, take
concrete action by directing 12 percent of their AIDS budget towards children
affected by AIDS.