Public Health Agency of Canada

Public Health Agency of Canada

August 04, 2008 21:27 ET

Canada is Helping in the Global Response to HIV/AIDS

MEXICO CITY, MEXICO--(Marketwire - Aug. 4, 2008) - The Honourable Tony Clement, Minister of Health and the Minister for the Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario, today announced, on behalf of the Honourable Beverley J. Oda, Minister of International Cooperation, Canada's commitment of $45 million towards projects responding to HIV/AIDS in Africa.

"Canada is committed to working with the global community to effectively respond to HIV/AIDS," said Minister Clement. "Our support is achieving results and having a life-saving impact on people around the world. For people living with HIV/AIDS, these funds will go towards programs that help them to live longer and better lives. For those at risk of infection, this investment will help to provide the education and prevention tools needed to protect themselves against HIV/AIDS."

Over the past three years, Canada's Government, through the Canadian International Development Agency, has invested approximately $515 million internationally to fight HIV/AIDS in developing countries. This $45 million commitment will build on this support and lend help towards initiatives in Sub-Saharan Africa, where the impact of HIV/AIDS is most felt.

"Canada's investments in HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment and care initiatives are an integral part of helping to improve the health of the world's poor," said Minister Oda. "As part of a global effort to combat HIV/AIDS, our government will continue its significant support to programs
that are well-coordinated, effective and accountable for outcomes that are making a difference."

The Government of Canada is committed to a comprehensive, long-term approach in the global fight against HIV/AIDS that recognizes the importance of promoting and protecting human rights. Canada's programs put a particular emphasis on advancing effective evidence-based HIV prevention; promoting gender equality and empowering women to address the burden of HIV/AIDS on women and girls; strengthening health systems in developing countries to ensure access to essential HIV/AIDS treatment and support; and promoting the rights of children and protecting children infected and affected by HIV/AIDS.

Minister Clement made this announcement during the XVII International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2008) in Mexico City. As an active player in global efforts to address HIV/AIDS, Canada is pleased to be a partner of the XVII International AIDS Conference taking place in Mexico City in August 2008.



BACKGROUNDER


The Government of Canada, through the Canadian International Development Agency, has invested approximately $515 million internationally over the last three fiscal years to fight HIV/AIDS in developing countries. The following projects in Africa, announced during the XVII International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2008), build on Canada's commitment.

$12 million to support civil society organizations in South Africa - 2008-2013

Through the Canadian High Commission, the HIV/AIDS Response Fund in South Africa will help local organizations reduce HIV/AIDS incidence and prevalence, and its impact on its citizens. This Fund supports the Government of South Africa's strategic plan to combat HIV/AIDS. The Fund will provide financial support to approximately 15 South African civil society partners working in HIV/AIDS each year. The Fund will help organizations develop HIV/AIDS information, education and communications materials; organize support groups for persons living with HIV/AIDS and women survivors of rape and violence; and support income-generating activities for persons living with HIV/AIDS.

$10 million to Mozambique's National Council to combat AIDS (Conselho Nacional de combate ao SIDA) Phase 2 - 2008-2012

Canada is renewing its funding to Mozambique's National AIDS Council Common Fund. In order to deliver aid efficiently and ensure donor harmonization, the Fund was created to support the plans of the Government of Mozambique's National AIDS Council. Canadian funds, along with funds from other donors, will help the Council to continue to support and implement prevention, care, and treatment initiatives in partnership with a variety of stakeholders including local, national and international NGOs, community-based organizations, government ministries and the private sector.

$10 million to the United Nations Development Program in Mozambique - 2008-2009

The One UN Pilot Program will bring together and reform the practices of several agencies within the United Nations System in Mozambique, in order to jointly implement development programming in an effective and efficient manner. The Program will focus on four key areas: governance, human capital, HIV/AIDS, and economic development-maximizing development results and impact, while minimizing transaction costs.

$10 million to Regional AIDS Training Network - 2007-2015

Canada is once again providing funding to the Regional AIDS Training Network (RATN) which was designed to build local capacity to combat sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and HIV/AIDS by creating a network of training institutions in Eastern and Southern Africa. RATN works with its 24 member institutions in nine countries to adapt and develop short-term training programs for STI and HIV/AIDS workers, trainers, program managers, and senior policy makers. The Network will consolidate systems and structures in Eastern and Southern Africa to improve and scale-up HIV/AIDS training, networking and advocacy in an efficient manner. Given their involvement in the first phase of the project, the University of Manitoba will continue to be involved by providing distance education.

$3 million to the Department of Science and Technology and the South African Center of Excellence in Epidemiological Modelling and Analysis - 2008-2013

This project will contribute to the reduction of the incidence of HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis in South Africa by developing innovative methods to better understand these diseases. Through scientific data collection and policy development, this project will increase understanding of the co-evolving tuberculosis and HIV epidemics, and help predict the future incidence rate of HIV/AIDS and estimate numbers of patients needing anti-retroviral therapy.

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