The 20th International AIDS Conference opens in Melbourne, Australia as delegates pay tributes to lost colleagues aboard flight MH 17
Some 12, 000 world leaders, researches, activists and policymakers from all corners of the world including delegates from Malawi, have gathered in Melbourne, Australia for the twentieth International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2014) which runs from 21st to 25th July 2014.
During the opening session held on Sunday, 20th July 2014, delegates applauded global progress made in the HIV and AIDS response.
SADC Ministers of Health and Ministers responsible for HIV and AIDS are holding an extraordinary joint meeting at Crossroads Hotel in Malawi’s capital, Lilongwe from 14th to 18th July 2014.
The meeting, among other things, is expected to consider and endorse the SADC Revised Regional Indicative Strategic Development Plan (2015 -2020). The revised plan covers achievements, challenges and recommendations with respect to the areas of health and HIV and AIDS. It also covers the areas of health and pharmaceuticals in relation to HIV and AIDS as priorities.
The Chairperson of the National AIDS Commission, Ms. Mara Kumbweza Banda has applauded implementing partners for their resolute efforts in the fight against HIV and AIDS which she said has helped to reduce the annual rate of new HIV infections from 130,000 in 1994 to 32,000 in 2013.
Ms Mara Kumbweza Banda said this on Thursday, 10th June 2014 at the Malawi Institute of Management in Lilongwe during the opening ceremony of a two-day long Best Practices Conference on the youth, HIV and AIDS and Sexual Reproductive Health Rights, organized by the National Youth Council of Malawi.
The National AIDS Commission on Monday, 30th June 2014 handed over a 30-tonne truck valued at MK90 million to Ministry of Health for distribution of drugs and other health products to health facilities across the country.
NAC Chairperson, Ms. Mara Kumbweza Banda officially handed over the truck to Minister of Health, Honourable Dr Jean Kalirani on the sidelines of the National HIV Prevention Symposium held at the Bingu International Conference Centre in Lilongwe.
The Minister of Health in turn handed over to truck to the Central Medical Stores Trust that will be using the truck to distribute drugs and other health products including antiretroviral drugs to health facilities in the country.