Irish Aid & Irish Global Health Network
Thu 28 Nov | 5pm – 7:30pm | Banquet Hall
International HIV & AIDS advocates are to gather on November 28 ahead of World AIDS Day to examine policy, practices and advances in HIV & AIDS worldwide. This annual lecture, which is an Irish Aid event facilitated by the Irish Global Health Network, is taking place in the context of a historic move by the Irish Government in November to launch Ireland’s first HIV PreEP programme—a large-scale intervention of antiretroviral medication to prevent HIV infection.
In its seventh year, the lecture pays tribute to the work of Professor Father Michael Kelly, the renowned Zambia-based activist for HIV & AIDS who has authored 15 books and recently received the Order of Distinguished Service Award from President Lungu of Zambia.
This year’s theme is Women, Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights. While remarkable progress has been made in the fight against AIDS worldwide, it is important that the issue and Ireland’s contribution remains high on the international agenda. Ireland has signalled a commitment to fighting AIDS in other parts of the world where the disease burden is highest. In countries such as Uganda, Mozambique and South Africa, Irish NGOs and embassies are supporting innovative programmes that focus on reducing new HIV infections, increasing access to information and services; and addressing key gender and human rights related issues.
This year’s lecture will feature a host of remarkable people including Fr Michael Kelly himself via video link. Broadcaster, comedian and journalist, Dli Wickremasinghe will moderate discussion from Georgina Aswell, Ellie Marley, Ciarán Cannon, Dr. Joannie Marlene Bewa, Ailbhe Smyth and Ruairí De Búrca. Attendees will be entertained by Suso Youth Choir, Kilcock.