Aung San Suu Kyi to launch AIDS 2014

Burnet Institute

18 November, 2013

Burnet Institute delegation meets with Aung San Suu Kyi in February, 2013.

Nobel Peace Prize winner Daw Aung San Suu Kyi is coming to Australia to officially launch the 20th International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2014) in Melbourne.

Daw Suu will be the keynote speaker at Victoria’s celebration of World AIDS Day at Melbourne’s Government House on 1 December.

Burnet Co-Head of the Centre for Biomedical Research and Co-Chair of AIDS 2014, Professor Sharon Lewin said it was a great honour to host a world leader in the HIV response.

“This is a time for us to remember those who we have lost to HIV and those who continue to be affected by HIV,” Professor Lewin said.

“Aung San Suu Kyi’s inspiring story and involvement in World AIDS Day in Melbourne helps us to highlight the ongoing challenge to deliver treatment and prevention programs in Australia and Internationally.”

UNAIDS Executive Director of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS Michel Sidibé will accompany Aung San Suu Kyi to Melbourne.

“She will inspire the people of Australia to speak out against HIV stigma and discrimination on World AIDS Day,” Mr Sidibé said.

Burnet has worked in Myanmar for 10 years, forging a number of partnerships with local organisations in the areas of HIV prevention, treatment, care and support, with a philosophy of civil society capacity building to enable community-based solutions to health care delivery.


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