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Global Institute for Health and Human Rights Convenes 15 Nations in Turkey to Address HIV-AIDS

Leaders from UAlbany’s Global Institute for Health and Human Rights met with 15 countries to address the issues of HIV stigma, testing, and treatment. The consultation took place in Istanbul, Turkey.

ALBANY, N.Y. (February 12, 2016) — In collaboration with the International AIDS Society, UAlbany’s Global Institute for Health and Human Rights (GIHHR) organized the second HIV-AIDS high-level consultation in Istanbul, Turkey.

The consultation, occurring during the last weekend of January, consisted of 15 different countries assembling to address the issues of HIV stigma, testing, and treatment. It specifically focused on countries that have predominantly Muslim populations and a conservative social setting. The meeting featured a series of keynote presentations, dialogues, and focus groups, designed to address and develop solutions for HIV prevention.

GIHHR co-directors; Dr. Arash Alaei, School of Public Health, and Dr. Kamiar Alaei, Rockefeller College, and associate vice provost for International Education, associate dean for Global and Interdisciplinary Research at the Center for International Education and Global Strategy, played key roles in getting funding for, organizing, and presenting at the consultation.

Additionally, UAlbany — through GIHHR’s leadership — was announced as the first university to receive funding from the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries’ (OPEC’s) fund for international development.

“The consultation was extremely successful in engaging senior officials and experts to develop new strategies to make high quality HIV services available, accessible, and acceptable.” Alaei said. “UAlbany is fortunate to have a program such as GIHHR that’s able to continue improving HIV prevention and education on a global scale.”

The outcome of the consultation will be presented at the International AIDS Conference, where more than 20,000 experts and professionals will gather in South Africa, July 18-22.

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