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Thousands Sign Petition for Action on HIV/AIDS and Malaria
Date:12/8/2008

Initiative demands free malaria prevention and treatment for people living with HIV/AIDS.

Dakar, Senegal (PRWEB) December 8, 2008 -- Following the 20th annual World AIDS Day, global health activists gathered for the International Conference on AIDS and STDs in Africa (ICASA) announced today that nearly 6,000 people from 163 countries signed a petition demanding insecticide-treated nets for malaria prevention for people living with HIV/AIDS, along with other preventative interventions and effective treatment, as an additional part of their health care. Along with the Roll Back Malaria Partnership, more than 80 organizations and networks of people living with HIV/AIDS also offered their collective support, including the 33 million-member Global Network of Positive People (GNP+) and the International Community of Women Living with HIV/AIDS (ICW) regional African networks.

"To those of us in Sub-Saharan Africa, especially people like me who are already HIV positive, know that many people living with HIV in our countries are dying from malaria. It is critical that the funding and planning for people with HIV include provisions for malaria protection--and that is why this petition is so important," said Carol Maimbolwa Nyirenda, Alternate Board Member of the Communities Delegation of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, and Board Member of the Communi
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