||Regional Session on Latin America: Latinos y VIH - Retos y Oportunidades para Transformar la Respuesta al SIDA
||Session Room 5
||24.07.2012, 11:00 - 12:30
Carlos F. Caceres, Peru
Elena Reynaga, Argentina
|The purpose of the session is to engage panelists in a straightforward debate on the status of the epidemic and on the appropriateness of the response. Panelists will discuss ways to improve and strengthen HIV prevention, treatment and care, and how to ensure funding for more efficient programmes. In addition, they will present examples of regional mechanisms and agreements that will lead to progress. Furthermore, the panel will discuss the HIV crisis and the role played by the Latino communities in North America. Finally, representatives from key populations will highlight their challenges in protecting human rights and ensuring strong community led approaches.
This session will be in Spanish with simultaneous interpretation in English.
|La epidemia del VIH en la región Latinoamericana|
M. Ghidinelli, United States
|Oportunidades y retos regionales en la respuesta al VIH|
J. Izazola, Mexico
L. López-Tocón, Peru
C. Núñez, Honduras
|Impacto del VIH, estigma y discriminación en la comunidad immigrante latina en los Estados Unidos|
J. Aguais, United States
|Oportunidades y retos regionales en la respuesta al VIH - |
CPC report by Pablo Torres Aguilera
The session gave a clear view of the situation of Latin America in the HIV response. Most of the countries having access to treatment, but at the same time rates of HIV incidence are not decreasing, while key populations affected by HIV are still being stigmatized and discriminated in their communities.
Dr Jose Angel Izazola, Director of the Mexican HIV and AIDS National Programme, talked about the importance of re-thinking the way that governments spend their money. He stated the importance of having affordable and quality medications but also of how governments must spend and invest money on opening spaces for dialog with civil society.
Another notable panelist was Dr Cesar Nunez, UNAIDS Director for Latin America, who shared with the audience the state of the epidemic in the region, highlighting that MSM populations are still the most affected in the region, even when women are also a very affected population, especially in new infection's rates. He also mentioned that apart from the challenges that the region is facing, a clear achievement is that most of the countries have laws and policy guidelines that protect PLHIV.
Lidice Lopez-Tocon from Peru talked about the role of Civil Society in Latin America and she urged the audience to form partnerships and work together to open dialog among the different stakeholders in the regional HIV response. She said that Civil Society needs a common agenda that takes into account the Latin American context.