Annual General Meeting 2014

Dear Members,

we’re pleased to inform you that the Annual General Meeting (AGM) 2014 of Action for AIDS Singapore will be held on:Date : 29 August 2014 (Friday)
Time : 7.30pm (Registration will start at 7pm)
Venue : 9 Kelantan Lane, #05-01, Singapore 208628

2. Agenda :

a. To confirm the minutes of Annual General Meeting 2013 of the organisation;
b. To adopt the audited financial statements of the organisation for the financial year ended 31 December 2013;
c. To adopt the annual report of the organisation for the financial year ended 31 December 2013;
d. To appoint the Auditors 2014;
e. Election of office bearers 2014;
f. Any other business.
3. If you would like to table an item for discussion, kindly submit details to the Hon. Secretary, by Monday 25 August 2014.4. The FY2013 Annual Report and Statement of Account will be made available on the date of AGM.

5. Please indicate your attendance by returning the Attendance Reply Slip or email us by 25 August 2014.

6. We would be happy to assist if you require any clarification. Please do not hesitate to contact us at 6254 0212 or email: info@afa.org.sg

7. We look forward to your continued support and hope to see you at the AGM.

Yours Sincerely,

Ms Dawn Mok
Hon Secretary

Slightly Scarlet 2014

 


We are pleased to announce, AFA has been selected by SMU Business Society’s as their beneficiary, affectionately known as Bondue, Slightly Scarlet.

Slightly Scarlet is an annual fashion show / charity event which seeks to raise funds and increase awareness for local beneficiaries.

Building upon the success of past, into it’s fourth edition – Slightly Scarlet 2014, is to enhance existing interest in fashion amongst the SMU student body, promote cohesion and most importantly emphasises the importance of philanthropy.

Event is only open to SMU students

Event details:

  • Date:     Sep 5, 2014Friday
  • Venue:   Joyden Hall, Bugis+
  • Time:     7 pm – 10 pm

Melbourne Report Back Session (UPDATE)

AIDS 2014 brought together 13,600 delegates from over 200 countries to discuss the global HIV response. Former US President Bill Clinton, Sir Bob Geldof, UNAIDS head Michel Sidibé and other international figures joined delegates from the medical, research, government and advocacy sectors as well as representatives from the communities most affected by HIV and AIDS including men who have sex with men, transgender people, sex workers and people who use drugs.

Back home, we are faced with an increasingly tougher challenge to effectively reach at-risk communities. Join us for a report back session by delegates who attended the AIDS 2014 conference in July.


UPDATE

Date : 29 August 2014

Time : 6:30pm

Venue : 9 Kelantan Lane #05-01 S208628

RSVP by 25 Aug 2014 to aids2014@afa.org.sg (35 seats only)


Speaker Line Up

Pro Roy Chan – Epidemiology and Prevention

Dr Lee Cheng Chuan – Clinical Sciences

Thomas Ng – Criminalisation of Key Populations, HIV Transmission and Non Disclosure

Kevin Poh – Love Your Condom

AIDS 2014 : Closing

At the closing ceremony, the organisers reflected upon the accomplishments and tragedy that contributed to the make-up of a conference where, according to Chris Beyrer, the president of the International AIDS Society,

“ the conference than anywhere else before where the separations betweens scientists, clinicians… and people living with HIV and activists truly went away.”.

Melbourne Lord Mayor Robert Doyle said that the way the city had embraced Australia’s largest-ever health conference touched his heart and recounted stories involving delegates being at the receiving end of acts of kindness by Melburnians.

After Barré-Sinoussi passed on her best wishes to the first openly-gay president of the International AIDS Society, Chris Beyrer, the New Yorker thanked his colleague and Melbourne for hosting the conference and praised Australia’s response to the epidemic while also highlighting it could continue to show the way in the future.

“The whole [HIV and AIDS] movement is grateful to Melbourne, grateful to Australia and we really hope that the Melbourne Declaration is going to be a living document that is going to continue to inform our response, “ Beyrer said.

Beyrer turned his attention towards the next International AIDS Conference to be held in Durban, South Africa in 2016, the first in the sub-continent since 2000, and welcomed the first female African co-chair of the event.


Related Speeches from the Closing Session

AIDS 2014 : Global Village Highlights

AIDS 2014 : Bill Clinton’s speech

Former US president Bill Clinton has told a world AIDS conference in Melbourne that an AIDS-free generation is within reach.

Mr Clinton addressed the audience about the future for the treatment and prevention of HIV and AIDS. He said every year another 2 million people are infected with HIV, including 20,000 children a month. But he said achievements made in the fight against AIDS should not be an excuse for people to rest on their laurels.

“The AIDS-free world that so many of you have worked to build is just over the horizon. We just need to step up the pace,” he said.

“We are on a steady march to rid the world of AIDS.” Mr Clinton said one of the biggest challenges the international community faces was the early detection of HIV. “New data from 51 countries suggests 70 per cent of HIV-related deaths could have been prevented.” he said. “The evidence continues to build that early treatment helps prevent further transmission.”

His speech was briefly interrupted by protesters calling for new financial taxes to support the fight against AIDS. “Give them a hand and ask them to let the rest of us talk,” Mr Clinton said as the protesters continued to interrupt his speech.

Read on…


 

First Published on ABC.net.au

Breaking : HIV Kick Out From Infected Cells

The technique addresses the problem of hidden reservoirs of HIV in the body, and could herald a new way of battling the viral infection

Once HIV invades the body, it doesn’t want to leave. Every strategy that scientists have developed or are developing so far to fight the virus – from powerful anti-HIV drugs to promising vaccines that target it – suffers from the same weakness. None can ferret out every last virus in the body, and HIV has a tendency to hide out, remaining inert for years, until it flares up again to cause disease.

None, that is, until now. Kamel Khalili, director of the Comprehensive NeuroAIDS Center at Temple University School of Medicine, and his colleagues took advantage of a new gene editing technique to splice the virus out of the cells they infected – essentially returning them to their pre-infection state. The strategy relies on detecting and binding HIV-related genetic material, and therefore represents the first anti-HIV platform that could find even the dormant virus sequestered in immune cells.

Read on…


 

First Published on Time.com – July 21 2014

AIDS researcher amongst those on MH17

AFA expresses it’s deepest condolences and sincere sympathies to the families and loved ones of all on board flight MH17. 100 AIDS Conference delegates heading to Melbourne lost their lives in this unfortunate tragedy. It is indescribably painful and regrettable for all of us. As we grief with the community, our thoughts and prayers are with their families and loved ones.

Among them were professor Joep Lange from the Netherlands, Lucie van Mens, and Martin de Schutter from AIDS Action Europe and Glenn Thomas from the World Health Organisation.

Lange, an expert in the field of medicinal AIDS therapy, founder of PharmAccess Foundation and Former International AIDS Society head has strongly advocated for patients in Africa to gain improved access to effective drugs.

“If we are able to deliver cold Coca Cola and beer to the most remotes regions in Africa, it shouldn’t be impossible to do the same with drugs.”
– Lange, 2002, AIDS summit in Barcelona.


Related News Reports

AIDS 2014 : Opening

In the crowded plenary room, AIDS 2014 opened on 20 July 2014 in Melbourne, a ceremony that was bitter sweet and sombre mood in light of the MH17 tragedy. Hosted by Chinese journalist and UN Goodwill Ambassador James Chau, began with Lambert Grijns, Dutch ambassador for sexual health and HIV rights, paying respect to his fellow delegates who died on the Malaysian Airlines flight that was shot down in Ukraine on Friday.

14 - 1The ceremony continued with speakers highlighting the need to step up the pace on the global fight against HIV and AIDS stigma and discrimination, and to raise awareness and education on HIV prevention and treatment.

Ayu Oktariani from Indonesia led a procession of people living with HIV from South East Asia and the Pacific in traditional dress.She spoke of her personal experiences of being diagnosed with AIDS and the stigma and discrimination she faced.

“Many of us got HIV because we did not have the means to protect ourselves,” she said.

She went on to rally for people living with HIV and AIDS to get involved, highlighting that it cannot be just left to science.

“We need people living with HIV in the response,” she said.


Related Speeches from the opening Session

Consolidated guidelines (UNAIDS 2014)

People at higher risk of HIV infection are not getting the health services they need, according to a new report by the World Health Organization entitled Consolidated guidelines on HIV prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care for key populations.

Released on 11 July, the publication warns that failure to provide adequate

 

HIV services for key groups, such as men who have sex with men, people in prison, people who inject drugs, sex workers and transgender people, threatens the global progress of the HIV response.

The consolidated guidelines outline the steps for countries to take to reduce new HIV infections and increase access to HIV testing, treatment and care services by populations at higher risk. The report aims to provide a comprehensive package of evidence-informed HIV-related recommendations for all populations, increase awareness of the needs of and issues important to key populations, improve access, coverage and uptake of effective and acceptable services, and catalyse greater national and global commitment to adequate funding and services.

“Failure to provide services to the people who are at greatest risk of HIV jeopardizes further progress against the global epidemic and threatens the health and well-being of individuals, their families and the broader community.”

Gottfried Hirnschall, Director of the HIV Department at the World Health Organization


 

First published – July 11 2014