Jamra primary scholl for children affected by HIV/AIDS, drugs or poverty, Senegal (c) Nell Freeman/Alliance Participants in the Photovioce project, Ecuador © Marcela Nievas for the Alliance
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Alliance Zambia work showcased at MDG Countdown 2012 event


Mothers with their babies at a clinic in Zambia (c) the Alliance

The governments of the UK and US are hosting an event titled MDG Countdown 2012 during the United Nations General Assembly, in New York on 26th September. The work of Alliance Zambia will be profiled in a panel discussion on creating healthy families through empowered women.

The context for this event is the unfinished agenda. The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) that world leaders committed to in 2000 remains in large part unfinished work; new challenges have emerged and so have issues of sustainability.

With only three years to go until the targets are due to be met, the MDG Countdown 2012 event aims to showcase innovative projects and programmes to highlight how coordinated development work is making a real difference.

Lucia Mvula- Nadaf, Network Advocacy Officer, will introduce the work of Alliance for Community Action on HIV and AIDS in Zambia (Alliance Zambia) which has heightened awareness of the importance of HIV positive mothers protecting their babies in order to achieve a generation born free from HIV.

Lucy said “It is an honour to have this opportunity to present the work of Alliance Zambia, which has led to an increase in women accessing prevention of mother-to-child transmission (PMTCT) services, and therefore substantially increases their chances of delivering their baby safely and HIV-free.”

The event will feature speakers and panellists from the field, explaining how development work is helping people on the ground. Delegates will also hear from Justine Greening, UK Secretary of State for International Development, and Raj Shah, Administrator, U.S. Agency for International Development, as well as Amina Mohammed, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Post-2015 Development Planning.