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PlusNews Weekly Issue 270, 10 February 2006

1. Responding to HIV/AIDS in the African Fishery Sector

An international workshop, entitled 'Responding to HIV/AIDS in the Fishery Sector', co-hosted by the Department of Fisheries, the Ministry of Agriculture and the National AIDS Council of Zambia, will take place in Lusaka, Zambia, on 21-22 February 2006.

Fishing communities and the fishery sector have been identified as 'high-risk' populations in the context of HIV/ AIDS. Agencies in government, civil society and the private sector have been addressing these issues at various levels, from policy to community development support and, underlying these interventions, conducting research into contributing social, economic and health factors.

The purpose of the workshop is to assess progress made in responding to HIV/AIDS in the fishery sector in Africa and identify priorities for further research and development support. Addressing this urgent demand, the International Workshop will enable agencies active in policy, community development and research to work more effectively in response to HIV/AIDS in the sector.

The workshop is being organised with assistance from the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and the WorldFish Centre, and support from the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA).

For further information contact: +202 736 4114.
Email enquires can be addressed to:

2. Ask the experts - the global fight against TB

On Thursday, 16 February 2006, a panel of experts will answer questions about the global fight against tuberculosis (TB) during a live webcast of "Ask the Experts" - a programme. Send questions in advance to .

This live webcast will focus on questions such as: What are the major components of the recently released Global Plan to Stop TB (2006-2015)? Are advancements for TB treatment and vaccines on the horizon? How has the HIV/AIDS pandemic altered the strategy to eradicate this ancient scourge? The discussion will be moderated by Managing Editor, Jill Braden Balderas.

The panel of experts:

  • Joanne Carter, legislative director, RESULTS
  • Richard Chaisson, MD, director, Center for TB Research, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, and principle investigator, Consortium to Respond Effectively to the AIDS/TB Epidemic (CREATE)
  • Irene Koek, division chief, Infectious Diseases, Bureau for Global Health, USAID, and chair, Coordinating Board, Stop TB Partnership

Watch the live webcast on

The panel of experts will take your phone calls and emails. Send questions in advance to or call 1-888-524-7378 during the live broadcast.




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· The Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis & Malaria
· International Community of Women Living with HIV/AIDS
· International HIV/AIDS Alliance

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