APR 9, 2014. Margaret Hosty SSL attended a Conference in Rome last month on “Expanding HIV Treatment”, where she gave a presentation in her capacity as coordinator of the Grupo AAVE project in Brazil, and The Aids Ministry of the Bishops Conference of Brazil.
The objective of the UNAIDS (The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS) and Caritas Internationalis Conference was to bring together Faith-Based Organizations (FBOs), multilateral and bilateral organizations to discuss the current status of HIV treatment, review the contribution of FBOs and to prepare a roadmap for future action. There were about 100 participants from all over the world, mostly from Africa and Asia.
There were new learnings, re-learnings and reminders at the conference, including: children are the most disadvantaged in relation to receiving treatment; HIV and AIDS are both preventable and treatable; and there is still widespread discrimination against those living with HIV, which interferes with treatment. Also discussed at the conference was the issue that the World Health Organization now includes spirituality as an essential aspect of treatment and that treatment involves more than drugs. The whole person must be taken into account; treatment must include food, support and care.
To read about this conference in more detail, check out Issue 29 of our monthly newsletter, Musings.