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26-08-2003 7:00 am A group of Africa’s First Ladies will meet on September 1 at the Palazzo Labia in Venice (Italy) to examine the topic of “AIDS in Africa and the threat of new emerging viruses” and attend a scientific information conference with Professor Luc Montagnier.
At the invitation of the Italian government and the Veneto region, a delegation of First Ladies – members of “African Synergies”, a movement they launched in November 2002 to link the different initiatives fighting AIDS on the continent and to mobilize resources at the international level – will come to Venice during the international film festival.

The event is part of the “Families First Africa” project, set up at the end of 2002 by UNESCO and the World Foundation for Aids Research and Prevention presided by Professor Luc Montagnier.

An integral part of the “Aids Research and Prevention in Africa” project, which received a US$2 million grant from the Italian government in 2002, “Families First Africa” focuses on the problem of mother-child transmission of the HIV virus. Professors Luc Montagnier, Robert Gallo of the Institute of Human Virology at the University of Maryland (USA) and Vittorio Collizzi of the Tor Vergata University in Rome (Italy) are trying to develop a vaccine for the newborn babies of HIV-positive mothers.

The meeting will close with a gala evening at the Palazzo Pisani Moretta, attended by numerous film and business personalities. The gala’s proceeds will make possible the creation of a UNESCO solidarity fund for the fight against HIV/AIDS, which infects 800,000 African babies every year.

Contact and accreditation:
Pierluigi Vagliani
Tel: + 39 041 279 16 35 21
+39 041 279 16 23
Fax: + 39 041 279 16 24
e-mail: relint@regione.veneto.it
v.nunez-valladares@unesco.org






Source Media Advisory - N° 2003-67
Author(s) UNESCOPRESS



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