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PlusNews Weekly Issue 189, 9 July 2004

1. African Microbicides Advocacy Group Update Meeting

The African Microbicides Advocacy Group (AMAG) invites you to a meeting at the upcoming 15th International AIDS Conference in Bangkok. The update and planning meeting themed "Moving the African Microbicides Agenda Forward", will update the progress of the network and consult with attendees on the most important priorities for our region and work in microbicides research and advocacy.

The meeting is on Wednesday 14 July 2004, from 12.15 - 13.30 at the Bangkok IMPACT Exhibition and Convention Centre, Room EC 5.

There are limited seats. To register and for more information:

AMAG is a small but growing group of committed advocates from a wide range of backgrounds including activists, researchers, scientists, policy makers, service providers and programme managers. They are gearing up for concerted and collective advocacy action to push the microbicides agenda in a way that recognises their context and perspectives as advocates in Africa.

2. Kaiser Network's daily update from the 15th International AIDS Conference in Bangkok

If you are not traveling to Bangkok for the International AIDS Conference make sure you sign up for Kaiser network's special Conference Daily Update email to stay current on the latest developments from the Conference.

Sign up at: www.kff.org

This Daily Update email will supplement the coverage in the Kaiser HIV/AIDS Report and will feature summaries of each day's developments plus links to kaisernetwork.org's complete coverage, which includes:

  • Live and tape-delayed webcasts and transcripts of each day's sessions, including the opening and closing ceremonies, all plenary sessions, and selected other sessions and press conferences
  • Brief text summaries of and slide presentations from select conference sessions
  • Interviews with newsmakers and journalists to summarise conference developments

The coverage is available at: www.kaisernetwork.org

It kicks off with a live webcast of the opening ceremonies on Sunday at 19:00 Bangkok time (8:00 am ET). For additional information about the XV International AIDS Conference coverage, send an email to .

3. Bangkok Conference Youth and HIV Portal

The Youth and HIV portal was developed to provide policymakers, media, youth, and all activists attending or interested in the 15th International AIDS Conference in Bangkok, Thailand, with the tools to ensure that young people are at the centre of global and national debate and policymaking.

A calendar of youth-focused events is available, along with the latest press and analysis.

Other features include:

  • the ability to create statistical tables with the data tool.
  • learn more about young activists.
  • find links to key organisations and contacts.

The site will be regularly updated throughout the conference and available at: www.youthandhiv.org




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