OAS Support the More Peace Less AIDS Campaign

United States -Voice of America News Agency – November 11th, 2012

The plenary session of the OAS Permanent Council discussed Patricia Pérez’s initiative and campaign against HIV/AIDS.

By special invitation from the OAS Secretary-General, Dr. José Miguel Insulza, the President of the More Peace Less AIDS Foundation (MPLAF), Patricia Pérez attended the plenary session of the OAS Permanent Council where experts discussed the challenges involved in the protection of the human rights of women living with HIV and AIDS.

The session was launched by the Secretary of External Relations for the Agency, Ambassador Alfonso Quiñonez and moderated by the Executive-Secretary for the Inter-American Commission of Women (CIM), Mrs. Carmen Moreno. The conference began with a presentation from the More Peace Less AIDS Foundation’s president, Patricia Pérez.

She claimed that the problem with HIV/AIDS was not only medical or scientific but also political. She insisted on a call to action so as to put the issue on the international policy agenda.

Various topics were discussed such as difficulties in accessing antiretroviral medicine; the lack of methods to treat specific pediatric problems; discrimination, homophobia and the lack of respect for the freedom of decision for affected women.

Furthermore, Sonja Caffe, the Advisor for the HIV Prevention Project of the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO) alluded to the inequalities that exist in the Americas in regards to health care access. She also spoke of the importance of identifying the barriers that prevent the promotion of gender equality in healthcare access.

Finally, the Director of Development Connections, Dinys Luciano, highlighted the need to implement a comprehensive sex education program so as to “break the social nature of the systematic violation of human rights against HIV/AIDS-positive women and to recognize the poverty and social exclusion that cripples this specific population”.