By the Rev. Msgr. Robert Vitillo, Cartitas Internationalis Special Adviser on HIV/AIDS, and Ms. Aurorita Mendoza, CI volunteer in Geneva
As the days begin to wind down at the 19th International AIDS Conference, we’re hearing the good news – about an HIV-free generation, seeing the end of the epidemic, more and more people now receiving ARV treatment. And indeed, the optimism has some basis. But let’s go a bit more deeply into both the progress and the challenges posed during this conference …
Much scientific progress has been made. The virus can be kept in check with a range of better medications, which are effective both for treatment and for preventing further spread of the disease. The hope of discovering an HIV vaccine has been boosted by some initial results of a vaccine trial in Thailand; it showed only guarded results for protection of people from HIV infection but at [...]
By Msgr. Robert Vitillo, Caritas Internationalis Special Advisor on HIV/AIDS, and Ms. Aurorita Mendoza, Caritas Internationalis Volunteer in Geneva
One year following the launch of the Global Plan towards the elimination of new HIV infections among children by 2015 and keeping their mothers alive, two-thirds of the 22 focus countries are showing good progress towards meeting their targets.
UNAIDS timed its Progress Report on the Global Plan to coincide with the International AIDS Conference, held in Washington, DC, between 22-27 July 2012. UNAIDS reported an optimistic trend in the implementation of this comprehensive strategy to benefit pregnant women and children living with or affected by HIV and AIDS. The Plan was launched in June 2011, and aims to reduce the number of children infected by HIV by 90% by 2015 and to reduce pregnancy-related deaths among women with HIV by 50%.
Of the 22 countries, eight – Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Namibia, South [...]
By Patrick Nicholson, Caritas Internationalis
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The best kept secret of the Catholic Church it is suggested is its Catholic Social Teaching (CST covers poverty, economics, society and the role of the state). If that’s so, says Gerard Powers of the University of Notre Dame’s Kroc Institute, then Catholic Social Teaching’s best kept secret in turn is its work on peacebuilding. Revealing this treasure was the work of delegates at a conference on the ‘Future of peacebuilding: Contributions from Catholic Theology, Ethics, Praxis’ held in Rome 30 June. The meeting was organised by the Catholic Peacebuilding Network, and included among its sponsors Caritas Internationalis. An audience of diplomats, aid workers, peacebuilding practitioners and academics heard from speakers such as Cardinal Peter Turkson, President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, Michel Roy, Caritas Internationalis Secretary General and Maryann Cusimano Love of the Catholic University of [...]