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Unions speak up at AIDS 2012

27 July 2012
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In conjunction with the 2012 International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2012) held in Washington, DC, the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC) and the AFL-CIO hosted a one-day forum July 21 on unions’ role in combating HIV/AIDS, with a particular focus on improving social protection and raising awareness among youth and young workers. PSI representatives participated in this event in connection with our Quality Public Services-Action Now! campaign.

The forum highlighted ideas and examples of worker-driven HIV/AIDS programs from around the world, including Brazil, Nigeria, and South Africa. The outcome will be critical to developing future union interventions and asserting the key role of workplace strategies at the Conference, which will bring together international experts, policymakers, health workers, and those living with HIV to assess what needs to be done to continue the global fight against HIV/AIDS.

Despite the enormous amount of work and resources committed stopping the spread of HIV and caring for those living with HIV/AIDS, this terrible epidemic continues around the world. According to UNAIDS, 1.8 million people died of AIDS-related illness in 2010.

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