Health & Safety

May 18, 2012

Military HIV/AIDS conference promotes awareness, prevention

By Staff Sgt. Benjamin Wilson
Air Forces Africa

U.S. Ambassador J. Anthony Holmes, deputy to the commander for civil-military activities U.S. Africa Command, delivers closing remarks for the 2012 International Military HIV/AIDS Conference, May 10. Military and civilian delegates and subject matter experts from 77 nations gathered for the 2012 conference in Maputo, Mozambique, May 7-10, to share best practices in HIV prevention, care and treatment.

MAPUTO, Mozambique (AFNS) — The 2012 International Military HIV/AIDS Conference concluded May 10, 2012, after four days of sharing insights into new ways to re-energize military HIV/AIDS prevention programs.

Presentations by subject matter experts, interactive discussions and workshops were among the ways participants shared methods to improve their HIV/AIDS programs and increase their capacity to provide effective and sustainable programs.

“This conference constitutes a sovereign opportunity to share experiences, and learn the concepts that will be discussed, to enrich and improve our service in fighting HIV and AIDS within our own institutions and in the entire country,” said Prime Minister of Mozambique Aires Ali.

Objectives for this year’s conference included: the role of leadership in successful military HIV/AIDS programs; the best military health system practices in HIV prevention, care, treatment, and strategic information; facilitating military-to-military technical assistance, networking and partnership; and consolidating advances in military medical HIV programs to support an agile, effective and sustainable response to the epidemic.

“It is the result of your participation that this has been an extremely useful week for all of us and it amplifies our collective efforts in the fight against the scourge of HIV/AIDS,” said U.S. Deputy Chief of Mission to Mozambique, Ms. Christine Elder.

“Perhaps the most valuable part of being here was the opportunity to share experiences and information on what has worked in each of your own environments and the challenges that you face every day.”

Participants of the 2012 conference said the information gained here would be invaluable to their countries’ fight against HIV and AIDS.

“This conference is very, very important – especially for the countries in southern Africa, because we have higher rates of HIV prevalence,” said Brig. Gen. Belchior da Silva, Angolan armed forces HIV program manager. “This is a good moment to look at what we are doing in our country and compare it with what others are doing.”

The value of cooperation among the international military community was a point emphasized during closing remarks by Dr. Richard Shaffer, Department of Defense HIV/AIDS Prevention Program executive director.

“We’ve had some tremendous speakers, we’ve had some eye opening content and we’ve had the opportunity to share among each other what we know has been working. Make sure that as you continue to work on this effort that you know we are all here together and as you look around this room there are many of us that all want to do the same thing,” Shaffer said.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Thomas Spangler

40 years of Red Flag ends on high note

U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Thomas Spangler A C-17 Globemaster III assigned to the 437th Airlift Wing, Charleston Air Force Base, S.C., flies to the Nevada Test and Training Range during Red Flag 15-4, Aug. 25. With a...
 
 

Never underestimate your impact

INCIRLIK AIR BASE, Turkey — Every day I visit our great Airmen and every day I come across more than one that underestimates their impact to the mission. There’s the one-stripe maintainer, “just repaneling an aircraft,” for the next day’s flight, or the young personalist, “just issuing another identification card,” or the defender, “just guarding...
 
 

Challenge yourself: Never give up, never quit

FAIRCHILD AIR FORCE BASE, Wash. — I once read that newly created cells in our bodies do one of two things: they either begin to decay or they become more vital. These cells choose their path based on what we demand of them. If we are sedentary, our brains signal our cells to decay; but...
 

 

SECDEF visits Nellis

U.S. Air Force photo by Lawrence Crespo U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter speaks with Airmen from Nellis and Creech Air Force Bases during an all-call at the Lightning Aircraft Maintenance Unit hangar on Nellis AFB, Nev., Aug. 26. Carter’s department is responsible for policy development, planning, resource management, fiscal, and program evaluations for the...
 
 

Air Force extends SAPR services to AF civilians

WASHINGTON — The Air Force released a policy memo today allowing Air Force civilian employees who are victims of sexual assault to file restricted and unrestricted reports with their installation’s sexual assault response coordinator. The policy is effective immediately and allows SARCs and sexual assault prevention and response victim advocates to assist Air Force civilians...
 
 

TRICARE pharmacy rules changing for maintenance, brand-name drugs

WASHINGTON — TRICARE beneficiaries who take certain brand-name medications on a regular basis will be required to fill prescriptions at a military treatment facility or through a mail-in program beginning Oct. 1, a Defense Health Agency official said here Aug. 20. George Jones, DHA’s pharmacy operations division chief, said the new policy does not apply...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>