CONCASIDA 2007 in Nicaragua
05 November 2007
The 5th Central American Congress on HIV (CONCASIDA) is being held in Managua, Nicaragua, from 4-9 November.
The 1,500 participants attending the congress include Dr Peter Piot, Executive Director of UNAIDS, UNAIDS Special Representative HRH the Crown Princess of Norway, people living with HIV, regional Health Ministers, representatives from civil society, women’s organizations, religious organizations and the private sector. Dr Piot will give a keynote speech during the official inauguration ceremony.
As well as a strong focus on scientific developments, sharing lessons learnt and best practices, one of the main aims of the Congress will be to evaluate the progress made on the ‘San Salvador declaration’—a commitment signed in November 2005 by seven Central American countries pledging to ensure that AIDS is included as a high priority on regional agendas.
Other meetings taking place within the framework of CONCASIDA include the Council of Central American Health Ministers who will meet to discuss policies and strategies to strengthen the AIDS response in the region and the 5th Central American Meeting of People Living with HIV which is being held over two days and where participants will share experiences and debate on issues pertinent to the AIDS response including human rights, children, stigma and discrimination, gender, sexual diversity, nutrition, communication and ethics.
The CONCASIDA congress will provide an important platform for discussion on AIDS in the region ahead of the 2008 International AIDS Conference which will take place in Mexico City in August next year.
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