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Standing Together At AIDS 2008

At the 2008 International AIDS conference in Mexico City, an event the size of a small city, it is a relief to see some familiar faces. I already knew a handful of the 30 colleagues from around the CARE world who gathered for a meeting before the conference, but the others, too, were like family.

Dr. Jose Sool, of CARE India, told of formerly isolated sex workers who have organized into solidarity groups, encouraging each other to protect themselves and educate others about HIV prevention. Aliwena Mologo, of CARE Malawi, described how adolescents, left alone to care for younger siblings after their parents have died, have joined forces to form small businesses, sharing, saving, and reinvesting their profits.

In communities around the world, it is the power of togetherness that is giving people the strength to fight on in the face of this cruel and relentless virus. A day together with CARE colleagues from around the globe gave us the same sense of empowerment, as we each do our own small part in this work.

And then we went our separate ways, to different corners of the vast convention center, refreshed and renewed in our commitment to learn and share.

Posted by Rick Perera

Below, Millicent Obaso, Regional HIV/AIDS Advisor for CARE East & Central Africa, speaks about her personal experiences and how she got into HIV/AIDS work.

Posted by webmaster on Aug 5, 2008 5:16 PM America/New_York

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