Nairobi hosts first women’s AIDS conference

Published on CBCnews, July 4, 2007.

2 Excerpts: The world’s first women’s conference on AIDS opened in Kenya on Wednesday, with thousands of international delegates set to discuss how to fight rising HIV cases among women. Key issues at the conference, which runs in Nairobi until July 10, will include feminization of the HIV pandemic, gender inequality, health care and treatment, sexual and reproductive rights, women’s leadership and economic empowerment. Dr. Peter Piot, executive director of UNAIDS, and Mary Robinson, former president of Ireland and United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, will be two of the main speakers. The Young Women’s Christian Association (YWCA) conference has attracted over 2,000 participants from around the world, according to media reports from Nairobi …

… Sub-Saharan Africa continues to bear the brunt of the epidemic, especially southern Africa, but the report says the rate of infection appears to have peaked in several countries, including Kenya and Zimbabwe. However, there’s no sign of a decline in other countries. A third of adults in Swaziland are believed infected with HIV. Among pregnant women, the rate has shot up from four per cent in 2002 to 43 per cent at the end of 2004. (full text).

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