This week over 12,000 people from around the globe gather in Melbourne for the 20th International AIDS Conference. The theme is “The last climb: ending AIDS, leaving no one behind”.
Attending are those living with HIV/AIDS, governments, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and industry. Canada is well represented by dozens working in the field of HIV/AIDS, health care organizations like the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association, researchers, governments as well as Minister of Health, Rona Ambrose.
The Canada Booth does us proud. Coordinated by the Canadian AIDS Society and bringing together the federal, provincial, territorial governments and NGOs it strives to showcase all that Canada is doing in HIV/AIDS.
Prominently displayed is a First Nations wish and carrying on that theme all visitors (Canadians and internationals) are encouraged to leave their wish for the future on maple leaf sticky notes that are posted for all to see and occasionally tweeted to followers around the globe (#HIVCAN).
Visitors can sit in for over 20 presentations on many topics and receive a red jump drive with many great resources as a take away. The Canada booth does us proud.