COMMEMORATING WORLD AIDS DAY (29 Nov - 3 Dec 2010)

COMMEMORATING WORLD AIDS DAY:
FRANCE AND THE FIGHT AGAINST HIV/AIDS


The HIV/AIDS pandemic is currently one of the most challenging global public health issues. Although all continents have been affected, Sub-Saharan Africa has suffered more than any other region from these diseases. As a result of this generalized epidemic, the disease is not only a major health crisis but also a heavy burden on the country’ s socioeconomic development.

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As part of its support to the Millennium Development Goals, France has been actively involved in the fight against HIV and AIDS. In Geneva on the 20th of September 2010, France was the first nation to pledge new funding up to € 1.08 billion to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria for the 2011-2013.These commitments have had a direct impact on the lives of thousands of people worldwide, including in South Africa.

In commemoration of World Aids Day, the French Embassy, in partnership with Sci-Bono Discovery Centre and other partners, will host an HIV/AIDS week, filled with events aimed at showcasing their joint efforts in the fight against the pandemic.


Monday, 29 November – Friday, 3 December 2010

The Sci-Bono Discovery Centre will welcome learners from grades 6 – 10 to take part in various activities aimed at equipping them with a better understanding of the HIV virus and the challenges that face people infected with it, or affected by it.

These activities will include physical theatre performances, chemistry workshops and an exhibition of the research conducted in the field of HIV/AIDS, presented by the French National Agency for research on
AIDS and Viral Hepatitus.

For more information or bookings, contact the Sci-Bono:
+27 11 639 8400 or visit www.sci-bono.co.za


Wednesday, 1 December 2010

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The Alliances Françaises of Cape Town, Durban and Maseru will launch the Hope Springs exhibition which aims at raising awareness on the risks of transmission of the HIV/AIDS virus, specifically from mother to child and how these risks may be diminished through education, information and accessible treatments. The exhibition will be accompanied by the screening of a film by Mélanie Pavy and Damien Mottier, entitled “For A Better Tomorrow: AIDS, Hope is born out of research”.

Inquiries or bookings contact : Alliance Française de Maseru: +26-62-325 722

In addition to the exhibition and screening of the film at 7pm, the Alliance Française of Cape Town will host a conference which will be preceded by Professor Yves Breda, Regional Counsellor for Health at the
French Embassy in Pretoria.

Inquiries or bookings contact : Alliance Française de Cape Town
+27-21-423 5699; Email: capetown@alliance.org.za

The Alliance Française of Durban, in addition to the exhibition and the screening of the film, will host a French play entitled “ Qui me pleurera/Who will cry for me?” presented by La Colombe at 5pm and an
open mic concert session at 6pm.

Inquiries or bookings contact : Alliance Française de Durban
+27- 31-312 9582; Email: culture.afdurban@alliance.org.za


Thursday, 2 December 2010

The Sci-Bono discovery Centre in partnership with The Aids Consortium will host a “ bua” (community talk) with the South African NGO sector from 10 to 12am.


About The AIDS Consortium (AC)
The AIDS Consortium is a human rights organisation aimed at promoting a non discriminatory response to the HIV and AIDS pandemic based on people’ s basic human rights as enshrined in South Africa’ s
constitution. AC was established in 1992 by Justice Edwin Cameron along with other HIV and AIDS activists. Through capacity building, networking, information dissemination and community engagement programmes, The AIDS Consortium helps CBOs NGOs, FBOs and individuals coordinate and strengthen their response to HIV and AIDS in their communities. Today, AC represents a constituency of more than 1000 CBOs, NGOs, and individuals fully engaged in HIV and AIDS work.

“ bua" is a Sotho word meaning “ talk” ; it was commonly used at activists’ meetings in the apartheid struggle. The AIDS Consortium bua sessions stand out as a pioneering initiative, bringing together HIV and AIDS and human rights activists monthly to discuss topical issues. These have taken place for 17 years and are thus renowned in the sector to encourage.

For more information, contact AC: +27-11-403 0265 Email: info@aidsconsortium.org.za


Following the community dialogue, the Gauteng MEC of Education and the Embassy of France, in partnership with the Sci-Bono Discovery will officially launch the exhibition “ For a Better Tomorrow: AIDS, Hope is born out of research” @ 12 pm.

The launch will be marked by a message from His Excellency
the Ambassador of France as well as an address from the office
of the Premier of the Gauteng about Franco-South African
cooperation in the fields of HIV/AIDS.

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The programme further includes a presentation of the
cooperation between the Gauteng Province and the Ile-de-
France metropolitan region by Ms. Denise Hunt from The Aids
Consortium and Mr Jean Luc Romero, the French regional
counsellor and President of the AIDS Prevention and Regional
Information Centre.

Dirk Taljaard, project manager of Bophelo Pele Male Circunsion Clinic will make a presentation of research conducted in Orange Farm as a result of French collaboration.

For more information on this programme, contact the Embassy of France
+2712-425-1710 or by Email :
aurelie.voix@diplomatie.gouv.fr


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publie le 25/11/2010

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