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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The Alliance supports HIV and sexual and reproductive health rights policy change


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The Alliance will be showcasing work from communities on the frontline of the HIV/AIDS response at the forthcoming 36th Annual International Conference on Global Health in Washington DC, USA, on 26-30 May 2009.

This annual event sees more than 2,500 health and development professionals from nearly 100 countries gather to share best practices and evidence for sound policy. This year’s conference theme is ‘New Technology + Proven Strategies=Healthy Communities’.

At a reception hosted by the Alliance on Friday 29 May the acclaimed photographic exhibition, Unheard Voices, Hidden Lives will be featured. The images and stories come from some of the most marginalised communities living with or affected by HIV supported by Alliance programmes in Cambodia, Ecuador and India.

The materials challenge the silence and invisibility that vulnerable and stigmatised communities often experience and provide an opportunity to reflect on how prevention, treatment and care policies and programming can provide effective support.

Natasha Sakolsky, Director of the Alliance’s US office said, “With the advent of a new US administration we are taking this opportunity to highlight the need for US policy change in relation to sexual rights, drug use and HIV. There are many examples of successful Alliance programmes which could be even more successful if some of the policy barriers are addressed.”

Alvaro Bermejo, Executive Director of the International HIV/AIDS Alliance will provide the opening remarks at the reception.

In addition, the Alliance has entered the Global Health Council’s annual photo contest with a collection of photographs of partners’ work in Sudan and Uganda. The contest is dedicated to bringing the attention to health issues that have a global impact and to illustrate the theme of the conference.