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A swell of voices to help children with HIV and TB


US ambassador to the Vatican, Miguel Diaz, and Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, the Vatican's observer to the UN in Geneva, were just two of the speakers on the first day of the Caritas/US Embassy to the Holy See AIDS conference. Credit: Caritas/Michelle Hough

By Michelle Hough, communications officer for Caritas Internationalis

If you think you’re too small to be effective, you’ve never been in bed with a mosquito, goes the saying.

Representatives from UN agencies, drug companies and NGOs and faith-based organisations large and small (but very effective) came to Rome mid-October to make headway on the desperate problem of children living with HIV and TB in poor countries.

The occasion was a paediatrics AIDS conference organised by Caritas Internationalis and the US Embassy to the Holy See. There were few mosquitoes around thankfully, but lots of ideas and discussion on the issues surrounding children with AIDS and TB.

One of the main messages to emerge from the conference on improving testing and treatment for these children was that while all the organisations worked well in their fields, their impact would be much greater if they joined their forces together. Continue reading

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