AHF Press Conference: AIDS 2022 Overshadowed by Denied Visas and Rich Countries’ Vaccine Hoarding

MONTREAL–(BUSINESS WIRE)–AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) will host a live and virtual press conference to AHF Booth #1024 to International AIDS Conference 2022 (AIDS 2022) on Friday, July 29 at 11:00 a.m. EDT in Montreal, Canada at Montreal Convention Centereal convention center and virtually via Zoom. Preparation for AIDS 2022 has been mired in controversy because many prominent public health experts and advocates have been denied Canadian visas or their application process has taken too long to get them to Canada on time. for the conference.

During the press conference, public health experts will discuss how global health equity is undermined by visa restrictions that prevent the free and valuable exchange of ideas, and more broadly by hoarding. vaccines by rich countries and their reluctance to share vital biomedical know-how with developing countries. In the world of new epidemics and pandemics, an effective response is not possible without fairness, accountability and transparency.

WHAT:

AHF to host LIVE and VIRTUAL PRESS CONFERENCE at the International AIDS Society AIDS 2022 conference.

WHEN:

FRIDAY, JULY 29, 11:00 a.m. EDT Montreal, Quebec, Canada

WHERE:

AHF AIDS 2022 STAND #1024 at the Palais des congrès de Montréal Convention center and PRACTICALLY BY ZOOM.

WHO:

Public health experts and defenders:

  • Terri FordHead of Global Advocacy and Policy, AHF
  • Dr. Adele Schwartz BenzakenSenior Global Medical Director, AHF
  • Ray Mwareyamember of the World Ethical Data Foundation and journalist for Al Jazeera and Reuters
  • Oluwakemi GbadmosiDirector of Advocacy, Policy and Marketing, AHF Africa Office
  • Dr. V. Sam PrasadCountry Program Manager, AHF India Cares
  • Dr Jorge SaavedraExecutive Director, AHF Global Public Health Institute at the University of Miami

NEWS DESK NOTE & B-ROLL VISUALS

The press conference will be broadcast live on Facebook booth #1024 at the AHF AIDS 2022 conference. Visit the AHF FACEBOOK page Where ZOOM LINK to look at.

MEDIA CONTACTS:

Denys Nazarov, Director of Global Policy and Communications, AHF, +1.323.308.1829, denys.nazarov@ahf.org

“After COVID-19 has upstaged many other pressing global public health issues – it is critical that we keep the focus on HIV/AIDS and other aspects of health equity that affect millions of people around the world,” said AHF’s global advocacy chief. and Policy Terri Ford. “For example, this conference, which was supposed to bring together the most experienced and passionate HIV/AIDS activists representing the countries most affected by the disease, was not even able to enter the country. [Canada]. These defenders fight for our most vulnerable populations and the voiceless. The stark contrast between how people in the North and people in the South are treated is unacceptable and seriously undermines the world’s ability to end the “other pandemic” of HIV/AIDS. »

Other topics of discussion will include the insufficient global response to the global outbreak of monkeypox, which was recently, though terribly delayed, declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHICP) by the World Health Organization. Advocates will also highlight the fact that HIV/AIDS remains a significant global public health crisis – which is responsible for 650,000 deaths each year worldwide – and requires serious commitment from wealthy countries to ensure success and sustainability. rapid approach to the Seventh Replenishment of World Resources. Fund to fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria.

According to UNAIDS, more than 38 million people were living with HIV in 2021, including 1.5 million people newly infected with the virus. Since the start of the AIDS epidemic/pandemic, more than 40 million people have died of AIDS-related illnesses.

AIDS Health Foundation (AHF) is a global nonprofit organization that provides cutting-edge medicine and advocacy to more than 1.5 million people in 45 countries around the world in the United States, Africa, Latin America/Caribbean, Asia/Pacific region and Europe. We are currently the largest not-for-profit provider of HIV/AIDS medical care in the world. To learn more about AHF, please visit our website: www.aidshealth.org, find us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/aidshealth and follow us on Twitter: @aidshealthcare and Instagram: @aidshealthcare

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