Tuesday, 4 September 2007

APIN Tri-Country Conference, Abuja, Sept 11-15

On September 11-15, Development Communications Network will attend the AIDS Prevention Initiative Nigeria (APIN) Tri-Country Conference in Abuja. The conference hosts journalists, NGOs, government officials, non-profit organizations, and health workers from Nigeria, Botswana, Tanzania, and other countries to come together and discuss current HIV/AIDS initiatives in Africa.

The Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH), in partnership with Nigerian governmental and non-governmental agencies and universities, initiated the APIN program in 2001. Since then, the APIN Harvard-Nigeria program has supported over 30 projects in Lagos, Oyo, Plateau, and Borno States. These projects focused on promoting AIDS awareness, second-generation HIV and STD surveillance, intervention in high-risk populations, prevention of mother to child transmission, and the socio-economic impact of HIV/AIDS in Nigeria.

The APIN conference promises to cover all of these issues in great detail as delegates from around the world gather to discuss, debate, and share their current projects and visions for HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention. Development Communications Network will join the conference to share its current collaborative project with APIN, which is a collection of four HIV/AIDS documentaries focusing on positive living, nutrition, treatment and adherence, and prevention of mother-to-child transmission. Additionally, Devcoms will send journalists from Lagos to cover the conference and create awareness of HIV/AIDS issues in the Nigerian media.

Please stay tuned for updates from the conference!

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