World Aids Day - 1 December 2011
AIDS in a Time of Austerity
Date: Thursday 1 December 2011, 2pm- 4pm
Venue: TUC, Congress House, Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3LS
HIV/AIDS continues to be not only a serious public health problem but also a major challenge to development in many parts of the world.
In 2009, some 2.6 million new infections were reported throughout the world while the total number of people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) in North America, Western Europe and Central Europe was estimated to have risen by some 30 per cent in the same year. Governments are increasingly under pressure due to the current financial and economic crisis to reduce expenditure on overseas aid and on public services. Both could impact on the HIV/AIDS epidemic. We need to challenge complacency about the issue at national and global level and develop a coalition to assess and respond to developments.
The event will bring together trade unionists, interested NGOs and government officials to look at the status of the disease in the UK and examine the current budget constraints and their impact on the services available to PLWHAs. It will also invite reflections on possible implications of public spending cuts on the implementation of the ILO Recommendation on HIV/AIDS and the World of Work.
Registration is free but places must be booked in advance. Sue Ferns, TUC General Council member, will chair the event.
1.30pm Registration, coffee and tea
2pm Introductory remarks
KAY CARBERRY, TUC Assistant General Secretary
ELEANOR BRIGGS, Assistant Director, Policy and Campaigns, National AIDS Trust
STEWART BROWN, Executive Committee member, Fire Brigades' Union
International HIV/AIDS Alliance, Speaker tbc
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Issued: 27 October, 2011