VOA News Examines International HIV/AIDS Implementers Meeting
VOA News examines the 2009 HIV/AIDS Implementers Meeting in Windhoek, Namibia, which recently brought together 1,500 people from 55 countries to compare notes on HIV/AIDS programs around the world. The article features comments by Assistant U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator Michele Moloney-Kitts who attended and shared some of her experiences from the meeting.
“What you find is that itâ€™s really, really important for these programs to be locally owned and led. In other words, communities need to decide whatâ€™s going to work for themâ€¦. And they need toâ€¦take charge of the programs. Thatâ€™s the only way youâ€™re going to ensure long-term continuity, as well as that the programs are really relevant,” Moloney-Kitts said.
The conference addressed how the economic crisis would impact international HIV/AIDS programs, according to Moloney-Kitts. “There was a lot of discussion about how the HIV/AIDS community and programs continue to grow, expand and be effective in a time of not growing resourcesâ€¦about how very important it is that we partner well, that we really look to make sure weâ€™re not wasting any resources” (DeCapua, VOA News, 6/15)
“Three key themes arose repeatedly at the conference: sustainability, efficiency and effectiveness, and prevention,” according to a UNICEF release (UNICEF, 6/14).