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This blog first appeared on the Huffington Post Canada here.

By Dr. Julio Montaner, OC, OBC, MD, FRCPC, FCCP, Director of the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS

Picture this scenario: An individual living with HIV in British Columbia, “Doug” (whose name has been changed for privacy), was being “shuffled around” through care. As a result, he had grown tired and had mostly given up on treating his HIV. Sadly, he had begun telling family and friends that he wouldn’t be around much longer. Can you see a solution to a situation like this?

There was an answer for Doug . An outreach worker, with the province of B.C.’s STOP® … Read more 


This blog first appeared in the Huffington Post Canada here .

By Peggy Edwards, Grandmothers Advocacy Network

On a rainy weekend in mid-September global leaders vowed to help “end HIV/AIDS for good” by pledging a total of US$12.9 billion to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria during the Fifth Replenishment Conference , hosted by Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

The Grandmothers Advocacy Network applauds this commitment and Canada’s leadership in making this happen. However, we are far from “ending it for good.” Indeed, this laudable goal will not be achieved without a deliberate effort to include people of all genders and ages — including older women.

Older … Read more 


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By Wendy Therrien, Director of External Relations for the Canadian Network for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health (CAN-MNCH)

There is much to celebrate as the Fifth Replenishment of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria concluded in Montreal this past weekend. Global leaders pledged over US$12.9 billion dollars which will help save 8 million lives and stop an additional 300 million new infections worldwide by 2019, as well as contribute to ending these deadly diseases as epidemics by 2030. This is truly a promising horizon.

The discussions that took place in Montreal evoked for me a memory from … Read more 


Canadian civil society congratulates Canada for uniting world leaders in the fight against three of the world’s most devastating diseases MONTRÉAL 17 September 2016  – Today, in a show of commitment to global health and development, world leaders pledged a total of US$12.9 billion to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria during its Fifth Replenishment Conference, hosted by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Montreal, Quebec from September 16-17. “Driven by Canada’s leadership, the world has seized this critical moment in the fight to end AIDS, TB and malaria,”  said Robin Montgomery, Executive Director of the Interagency Coalition on AIDS and Development (ICAD). “The new funding will not … Read more 


Montreal, Canada, September 17, 2016 – The Interagency Coalition on AIDS and Development (ICAD), International Council Of Aids Service Organizations (ICASO) and RESULTS Canada applaud global leaders as well as Canadian and international communities for meeting the US13 billion target to fully fund the Global Fund to fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria for 2017-2019. “RESULTS Canada is delighted world leaders have stepped up to meet the US13 billion target. We are proud of citizen advocates who have worked so hard for this moment – their work will make a real difference to people at risk of or living with AIDS, TB and malaria,” says Lauren Dobson-Hughes, Executive Director at RESULTS … Read more 


This blog first appeared in the Huffington Post Canada here .

By Loyce Maturu

Try for a moment to put yourself in the shoes of an adolescent. Adolescents aren’t children and they aren’t adults, either. It is a time of deep emotional and physical upheavals. Relationships are often the centre of your changing world. So imagine if you can how it must feel to be an adolescent living with HIV. I was one of them and I count myself lucky to be here to tell my story.

In May, I met Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to talk about how I was able to overcome the challenges of living with HIV … Read more 


This blog first appeared in the Huffington Post Canada here .

By Monica Geingos, First Lady of the Republic of Namibia

In many parts of Africa, there are women who have no way of negotiating the choice, or use, of contraceptives with a partner. There are women in relationships who have no option of refusing sex, nor the power to require use of a condom. While HIV infections among the general population of eastern and southern Africa have been plummeting, it has resurfaced and started to grow among adolescent girls and young women.

It is clear that sufficient effort has been placed in effective strategies to reduce the raging HIV … Read more 


This blog first appeared in the Huffington Post Canada here .

By Moses Owori

The most vivid memory I have of my mum is her groaning during the last few minutes of her life, as she battled AIDS.

I was pre-school aged and about to lose my mother. My mum had five boys, each with a different father. I was born third. At the time of her death, she was “married” to a Kenyan man, the father of my younger brother. She was travelling back from Kenya to Uganda when her condition deteriorated. She never made it home.

Back in Kenya, our oldest brother was waiting for our return. We … Read more 


OTTAWA, Canada, 09 May, 2016— The Interagency Coalition on AIDS and Development (ICAD), RESULTS Canada, and ICASO congratulate the Government of Canada on its global health leadership and commitment to the fight against AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria globally. Today, the Prime Minister announced Canada will host world leaders for the Fifth Replenishment Conference of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria (Global Fund). This global gathering will convene world leaders to mobilize ambitious funding commitments for the period of 2017-2019. Investments of this level will drive transformative change to the trajectory of these three global epidemics, and will improve global health more broadly. “A fully funded Global Fund … Read more