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CAPA set to participate at high profile WHO AIDS forum
by Justus Waimiri
CAPA 040504-2
May 4, 2004

[CAPA - Kenya] For the first time, the Council of Anglican Provinces of Africa (CAPA) will be represented at a high profile World Health Organisation (WHO) meeting to discuss how to access antiretroviral treatment (ART) to three million people in Africa by the year 2005.

The strategy, known as “3 by 5”, was launched at last year’s World AIDS Day on December 1, and has brought together a wide range of partners who are committed to provision of universal access to ART.

CAPA HIV/AIDS Programme Co-ordinator, Nema Aluku, will be travelling to Geneva, Switzerland, next week to represent the Anglican Church in Africa, which is increasingly becoming an influential partner in the war against AIDS.

Ms Aluku told CAPA e-bulletin that with a network of over 300 hospitals, health centres and dispensaries across Africa, the Anglican Church had the potential of making a big difference in implementing treatment for people living with HIV/AIDS.

She noted that most of the health facilities ran by the Church were in rural dioceses, where governments offer inadequate health services.

She hopes to present a strong case for easily accessible and free antiretroviral therapy to millions of people who are living with HIV/AIDS in Africa.