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United Against AIDS: tackling a globalisation crisis

Friday 3 May, 4-6pm
Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House 

Every minute five young people between the age of ten and 24 gets infected with HIV. Youth, who make up 1/6th of the world's population, are also 50 per cent of all new infections annually. In South Africa, with the current rates of infection, it is projected that more than 50 per cent of the under-15 population will die from AIDS in the next ten years.

As part of the Stop AIDS Campaign, aids activists will be speaking on United Against AIDS: tackling a globalisation crisis on Friday 3 May at LSE.

As well as marking the start of the Stop AIDS Campaign awareness-raising tour of the UK, this event marks the first Student Charity Day, which takes the theme of HIV/AIDS.

The speakers will be

  • Yinka Jegede, HIV+ activist in Nigeria
  • Mandla Majola, South African Treatment Action Campaign, which fights for greater access to treatment for all South Africans and for the affordability and use of HIV treatments
  • Vijay Nair, vice-president, Indian Network of Positive People

Vijay Nair takes part in this lecture on very short notice. She will be paying tribute to the work and life of Ashok Pillai, president of the Indian Network of Positive people, who sadly died two weeks ago. As well as an activist and law student, Ashok was involved with mobilising a network of Kotis (gay men). He found out he was HIV positive when he took a test as part of a scheme to encourage more people to get tested.

This event is free but a ticket is needed.

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To reserve a press ticket, please contact Rebecca Maina on 07786 562525, email r.w.maina@lse.ac.uk|

United Against AIDS: tackling a globalisation crisis is on Friday 3 May at 4-6pm in the Hong Kong Theatre, Clement House, LSE, Aldwych, London WC2A.

Notes:

A photograph exhibition, A Broken Landscape: HIV and AIDS in Africa, is currently on in the Library, Lionel Robbins Building, LSE. Gideon Mendel's photographs are a powerful depiction of how individuals, families and communities in Africa are responding to living with the disease. The exhibit runs from Friday 26 April to Friday 10 May; Mon-Fri 9am-11pm, Sat-Sun 11am-9pm. Pictures from the exhibit will be moved to the Hong Kong Theatre for the duration of this event

This lecture is organised by Youth Against AIDS as a member of the Stop AIDS Campaign. For further information, contact Rebecca Maina, Youth Against AIDS, on 07786 562525, email r.w.maina@lse.ac.uk| or Liz Dodd, Stop AIDS Campaign, on 020 7253 5860 or 07900 214833.

The Stop AIDS Campaign is a new and unprecedented initiative of the UK NGO AIDS Consortium, bringing together some of the UK's leading development and HIV/AIDS groups. Launched on World AIDS Day 2001, the Campaign works to raise awareness in the UK about global HIV/AIDS epidemic and to campaign for urgently scaled up international action.

Members of the Stop AIDS Campaign are: Acord, Action Aid, African HIV Policy Network, Christian Aid, CAFOD, Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Fund, Elton John AIDS Foundation, George House Trust, HelpAge International, International HIV/AIDS Alliance, National AIDS Trust, Oxfam, Save the Children, Students Partnership Worldwide, Tearfund, UK Network of Self Help HIV and AIDS Groups, UNICEF UK, VSO, World Vision and Youth Against AIDS.

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30 April 2002

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