Side view on the participants of the panel discussion at the aidsfocus conference 2015.

HIV/AIDS - nobody must be left behind

People who belong to the particularly vulnerable groups are also exposed to special dangers in connection with HIV/AIDS. The speakers at the conference "HIV/AIDS and vulnerable groups - No one left behind" made it impressively clear how this special problem should be taken into account in daily project work.

At this year's aidsfocus.ch symposium entitled "HIV/AIDS and vulnerable groups - No one left behind", various experts from several countries met to discuss the problems of particularly vulnerable groups in connection with AIDS. These groups include sex workers, drug users, migrants and prisoners. In most countries these groups have a higher HIV/AIDS infection rate and suffer from greater discrimination.

More needs to be done
It is precisely this part of the population that requires special attention. The aim of the conference was on the one hand to draw attention to this and on the other hand to show by example how this is successfully done. If the goal of ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030 is to be achieved, more must be done in this area. With their presentations, the speakers were able to show their convincing work and thus offered much material for discussion.

Competent speakers
I particularly liked the very competent speakers and the way they presented this very important topic from different perspectives. They gave me insights into topics that were new to me. But the highlight of the conference for me was clearly Anthony Waldhausen, who presented the Gay and Lesbian Network from South Africa, which we support," said Catherine Hollinger, programme coordinator Mozambique from terre des hommes switzerland.

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