PAI joined the global community on December 1st to commemorate Worlds AIDS Day and draw attention to the important role of family planning in preventing the spread of HIV. PAI launched a new website – Tipping Point – to showcase The Integration Partnership (TIP) and our work with partners to improve reproductive health and HIV/AIDS integration. Over 18,000 U.S. and international allies also joined PAI in contacting President Obama to urge him to remember that helping women stay healthy and plan their families is critical to the goal of creating an AIDS-free generation.
This message was also echoed in the halls of Congress. PAI cosponsored a briefing on Capitol Hill entitled, “Better Together: Family Planning and HIV/AIDS Integration.” TIP partner Joyce Ng’ang’a, from Liverpool VCT, Care and Treatment, spoke on the panel about why family planning-HIV/AIDS integration is important in the Kenyan context. She urged further support for the funding and policy needed to continue to deliver these life-saving and cost-effective programs. More than 75 people attended the briefing, including House and Senate staff from both parties, the public and private sector donor communitydonors, service delivery providers and advocates. Rep. Lois Capps (D-CA) and singer-songwriter/actress Mandy Moore also provided opening remarks at this event.
PAI – and our TIP partners – will continue to work with U.S. and global allies to advance reproductive health and HIV/AIDS integration in response to the demand from communities around the world. Doing so will improve health outcomes for women, accelerate progress in a variety of health and development areas, and contribute toward stronger, sustainable health systems.