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PlusNews Weekly Issue 293, 21 July 2006

1. Hesperian's new 2006 edition of Where Women Have No Doctor online

Where Women Have No Doctor combines self-help medical information with an understanding of how poverty, discrimination and culture can limit women's health and access to care. Developed with community-based groups and medical experts from over 30 countries, Where Women Have No Doctor is aimed at any woman who wants to improve her health, and health workers who want more information about women-only problems.

The 2006 edition includes new and updated information on HIV/AIDS, including the use of antiretrovirals and preventing mother-to-child transmission, treatment of sexually transmitted infections, family planning and TB. Major topics covered include: pregnancy and birth, health concerns of women with disabilities, refugees, HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted infections, the politics of women's health, and rape and violence against women.

To access the complete edition:

Or to view the book in over 20 translations:

2. AIDS 2006 African/Black Diaspora Stream Symposium

The African/Black Diaspora Stream at the International AIDS Conference in Toronto next month will consist of a week of sessions, cultural activities, information and events that address HIV/AIDS among black people living in developed countries. This Stream will explore and highlight current trends and issues, facilitate discussion of shared experiences, identify needs and gaps in research and policies, and work on developing a global network.

The Africa and Caribbean Council on HIV/AIDS in Ontario (ACCHO) will host an inaugural symposium (HIV/AIDS in the African/Black Diaspora: Addressing the Hidden Epidemic) and reception on 12 August.

Other events in this Stream will include:
13 August: Moving Forward: The State of AIDS in Black America
14 August: HIV/AIDS and population mobility: Innovative approaches to HIV prevention and care for mobile populations in various regions of the world

To view a full list of sessions in this Stream, go to the AIDS 2006 Programme-at-a-glance page of the AIDS 2006 website and select the African/Black Diaspora roadmap:

To receive updates, email Monika Goodluck, AIDS 2006-African/Black Diaspora Coordinator:

3. HIV/AIDS, Conflict and Displacement: Pre-Toronto 2006 International AIDS Conference Event

HIV/AIDS, Conflict and Displacement: Pre-Toronto 2006 International AIDS Conference Event. In the runup to the 2006 International AIDS Conference in Toronto, Unicef, UNHCR and the Interagency Task Force on HIV/AIDS (IAFT) are organising a one-day meeting specifically dedicated to the theme of HIV and AIDS programming in conflict settings. The meeting, on the 12th August at the Marriott Downtown Eaton Centre Hotel, will provide an opportunity for all stakeholders (the humanitarian community, policymakers, implementing agencies, donors, civil society, persons infected and affected by HIV and AIDS and others) to take stock of the experiences developed over the course of the past years, evaluate the lessons learned, identify the policy and programmatic ways forward, and set the agenda for the years to come.

For more information, contact Betty Noakes, Unicef Canada at or tel: +1 416 482 4444 ext 826, Fax: +1 416 482 8035




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

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