National News: International AIDS Vaccine Day
More than 34 million people around the world suffer with HIV and AIDS―95 percent of them in developing countries.
Canada made the prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS a key component of its international development assistance because we recognize the seriousness of the HIV/AIDS epidemic and its impact on families around the world. As part of CIDA's health programs, and through the G8 Muskoka Initiative on Maternal, Newborn and Child Health, we help partner countries deliver integrated and comprehensive health services to women and children, including HIV testing and counselling, and prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV.
CIDA is one of five federal departments working with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation on the Canadian HIV Vaccine Initiative to help develop an affordable and globally accessible HIV vaccine. CIDA supports the development of an HIV vaccine by advancing basic science, developing regulation, and building the capacity for conducting clinical trials in low- and middle-income countries.
I am proud that our government continues to combat HIV/AIDS and works toward finding an effective AIDS vaccine.
Beverley J. Oda
Minister of International Cooperation