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ICAD has launched its consortium project to deliver the International Youth Internship Program with funding from the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD) entitled, “Global Connections: Bringing the world together through youth leaders”. ICAD is pleased to have partnered with Alliance for South Asian AIDS Prevention (ASAAP); Asian Community AIDS Service (ACAS); CAP/AIDS; HealthBridge Canada; Help Lesotho; Peel HIV/AIDS Network (PHAN); LetsStopAIDS; and, World University Services of Canada (WUSC). Internship positions are now available and are open to youth in Canada between the ages of 19 and 30. Please share widely.

Click here to see the full list of positions available.


 

As a network of national organizations, the National Partners have been working together to urge the Public Health Agency of Canada to strengthen their upcoming call for the Community Action Fund. This brief update is to share with our members and stakeholders the concerns that we have raised and the responses that we have received to date.
National Strategies: Canada lacks a cohesive and renewed strategy to address HIV and AIDS, as well as HCV.  We have had some discussions about what such a strategy or strategies may mean in terms of the roll-out of the Community Action Fund and continue to advocate for strategies to address HIV/AIDS and HCV.

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Ottawa, CANADA  –

The Interagency Coalition on AIDS and Development (ICAD) is pleased to announce that it will launch a consortium project to deliver the International Youth Internship Program with funding from Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada (DFATD). For this two-year project, “Global Connections: Bringing the world together through youth leaders”, ICAD is pleased to have partnered with Alliance for South Asian AIDS Prevention (ASAAP); Asian Community AIDS Service (ACAS); CAP/AIDS; HealthBridge Canada; Help Lesotho; Peel HIV/AIDS Network (PHAN); LetsStopAIDS; and, World University Services of Canada (WUSC). Together this consortium will facilitate a total of 40 internships for Canadian youth (20 youth internship placements per year). Internship positions will … Read more 


 

With input from ICAD Coalition members provided during a consultation held 14 August, ICAD submitted feedback on the draft UNAIDS Strategy (2016-2021). Thank you to all members who provided input into this important document that will build on the progress achieved in the global AIDS response. The final version of the UNAIDS Strategy will be available in October, 2015.

August 20, 2015

Dear members of the UNAIDS Strategy Unit,

Re: Feedback on the draft UNAIDS Strategy (2016-­2021)

We would like to thank UNAIDS and its strategy team for the opportunity to review and provide feedback on the draft UNAIDS Strategy for 2016-‐2021: Fast-­‐tracking to zero. The following submission is made … Read more 


 

UNAIDS PCB
Thematic Session – HIV in Emergencies
NGO Observer Statement

We want to take this opportunity to thank you for today’s very timely thematic segment and a special thanks to Noi and Annie for sharing their incredible stories with us. This statement is made on behalf of a loosely formed coalition of the non-governmental organizations of Stop AIDS Alliance, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, and the Interagency Coalition on AIDS and Development.

We are pleased to see the increasing focus on HIV in emergencies, where risk and vulnerability to HIV is often increased. Reaching the 90-90-90 will require us to work effectively to reach those affected by emergencies with high … Read more 


 

Laurie Edmiston

Laurie Edmiston
Executive Director of CATIE, Canada's source for HIV and hepatitis C information.

This blog by Laurie Edmiston first appeared on Huffington Post here .

The world got some inspiring news at last summer’s International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, Australia: UNAIDS said we are positioned to see the end of the HIV epidemic by 2030. To achieve this goal, it proposed that by 2020, 90 per cent of people living with HIV globally should be diagnosed. Ninety per cent of those diagnosed should be receiving treatment, and 90 per cent of those on treatment should have a significantly reduced amount of virus in their blood, greatly improving the health of people living with HIV and reducing the risk of transmission.

Similar aspirations have … Read more 


 

Allison Carter

Allison Carter
Public health professional with the Faculty of Health Sciences at Simon Fraser University and the Epidemiology and Population Health Program at the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS. BC Community-Based Research Coordinator for CHIWOS

This blog by Allison Carter first appeared on Huffington Post here .
More than half of all people living with HIV worldwide are women, and yet they continue to be under-represented in the HIV response. A recent Canadian study of women living with HIV aims to break this glass ceiling, shedding important light on what opportunities exist and what barriers persist towards closing the gap for women living with HIV, a highly underserved community both in Canada and around the world.

The study was published in the journal Health Care for Women International and was led by, with, and for women living with HIV, in collaboration with allied researchers, clinicians, … Read more 


 

Dr. Julio Montaner Dr. Julio Montaner Director BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS

Twenty years ago, when I was treating a patient who was HIV infected, I would have to advise them of personal considerations such as shortened life span, and risk of transmitting the virus to sexual partners or during childbirth. At the time, an HIV diagnosis was a drastically life-altering event.

Today, if a young woman with HIV infection comes to me for treatment, I can tell her she can live a full life through drug treatment – up to 75 years of age or beyond – and can raise a family. This enormous progress has a lot to do with the development of highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART), the game-changing … Read more 


 

Claire Holloway Wadhwani Claire Holloway Wadhwani Executive Director Canada Africa Partnership on AIDS

This blog by Claire Holloway Wadhwani first appeared on Huffington Post here .
World AIDS Day: a time for us to celebrate the amazing progress being made in the global struggle against HIV/AIDS and a time to reflect on what could be done better.

This year there is much cause to celebrate. Great advances are being made in new treatment as prevention options and, thanks to global partnerships, affordable treatment is available to more communities than ever before.

Still, there are people being left behind.

In East African communities, where CAP/AIDS Network partners live and work, availability does not necessarily equal access. Even when testing and treatment is available and … Read more 


 

Hilary Elliott Hilary Elliott
Grandmothers Advocacy Network (GRAN). Grandmother of 2, an advocate for sub-Saharan African grandmothers and vulnerable children.
 
Jenny Neal Jenny Neal
Grandmothers Advocacy Network (GRAN). CoChair of G4G Saskatoon, Leadership Team of Grandmothers Advocacy Network. Advocate for African grandmothers & their orphaned grandchildren.

This blog by Hilary Elliott and Jenny Neal first appeared on Huffington Post here .

The AIDS pandemic has created gaps in the lives of grandmothers and grandchildren that will never be closed. In addition to the horrific loss of life which can never be reversed, the pandemic has destroyed traditional family structures for a whole generation in sub-Saharan Africa. Fifteen million children orphaned by AIDS have lost their mothers and fathers, their sense of family, and their place in the community. The pain is also felt by the grandparents who have lost their sons and daughters, often after caring for them during their sickness. In addition to their emotional … Read more