Rights Here, Rights Now

Mr Sipho Mdletshe, the QuadPara Association of KwaZulu-Natal’s Provincial Development Coordinator, has been selected to represent QASA at the 18th International AIDS Conference. AIDS 2010 will take place from 18 to 23 July in Vienna, Austria under the theme Rights Here, Right Now. This is the first time that QASA will be represented at such an international event.

Sipho will be the face of QASA, seeking to build international partnerships and gathering information about new developments, especially in the field of disability, and learning from other projects as well as sharing the many programmes and activities organised by QASA.

For the first time at an International AIDS Conference there will be a Disability Zone in the Global Village, a dedicated area for participating disabled peoples’ organisations to exhibit and interact with conference delegates. This will provide additional opportunities to build the image of QASA, recruit new partners and obtain the most recent information, programmes and methodologies in the field of reproductive health for people with disabilities.

The Conference will explore the latest developments in HIV science, emphasise the importance of an evidenced-based response to HIV and Drug Policy and urge world leaders to follow through on commitment to universal access.

President Bill Clinton, founder of the William J Clinton Foundation and 42nd President of the United States, and our own Health Minister, Aaron Motsoaledi, will be amongst the 19 high-level speakers who will address an estimated 25,000 conference attendees.

As part of the Conference, Sipho, Dr Philip Coetzer and Mr Vernon Openshaw will be making a poster presentation, a model for HIV/AIDS education for people with disabilities by people with disabilities.

QASA and Rolling Inspiration wish Sipho bon voyage and look forward to updating readers on this event in the next issue.

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