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- The 22nd International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2018) will take place in Amsterdam, the Netherlands on 23-27 July 2018. The pre-conference will take place immediately prior on 21 and 22 July.
- The International AIDS Conference is held every two years and is the largest conference on any global health issue in the world.
- Gathering more than 15,000 global leaders, policy makers, researchers and advocates, it is a unique forum that intersects science, advocacy and human rights.
- The theme of AIDS 2018 is Breaking Barriers Building Bridges, drawing attention to the need of rights-based approaches to more effectively reach key populations, including in Eastern Europe and Central Asia and the North-African/Middle Eastern regions where epidemics are growing.
- AIDS 2018 aims to promote human rights based and evidence-informed HIV responsesthat are tailored to the needs of particularly vulnerable communities — including people living with HIV, displaced populations, men who have sex with men, people in closed settings, people who use drugs, sex workers, transgender people, women and girls and young people — and collaborate in fighting the disease beyond country borders.
It is with much sadness that we share the news of the passing of Jacqueline Wittebrood earlier this week.
Jacqueline was at International Civil Society Support since its humble beginnings in 2006 alongside Peter and Raoul. Jacqueline also acted as Communications Focal Point for the Developed Country NGO Delegation to the Board of the Global Fund, co-created the Global Fund Advocates Network and with colleagues in global health, conceived of and launched the first “Here I Am” campaign which has grown into a widely appreciated network of champions for the Global Fund.
Jacqueline extended her hand in friendship to a generation of advocates from so many different backgrounds who feel she nurtured and instilled in us a sense of dedication and commitment for our collective efforts in the HIV-response and other global health issues.
Jacqueline was compassionate, diligent and always demonstrated a deep understanding of the key human rights and development issues of our time. She conveyed her ideas succinctly, without arrogance demonstrating profound commitment. Apart from her incredible intellect, Jacqueline’s humble demeanour and strong sense of social justice made her an effective advocate, an excellent colleague and truly an amazing individual.
On behalf of our extended, global family of advocates, we extend our deepest and heartfelt condolences to Jacqueline’s family and friends. The obituary in which Jacqueline’s family shared the sad news (attached to this message), reads:
“Defeated and for all of us much too soon, in great sadness we had to bid farewell to our loving, caring, brave and fierce Jacqueline” and: “You just had to love this woman.”
We wholeheartedly share these sentiments; you will be in our hearts and minds when you gather for Jacqueline’s memorial service on Tuesday afternoon. Together, we will remember and celebrate her life.
For those attending the Global Fund 38th Board Meeting this week, please note that information will be circulated about an informal gathering to remember Jacqueline.
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In 2014, Jacqueline brought this piece of artwork back from Australia; It is titled:
“Bush Tucker at Alice Springs and Hermannsberg” by Joanne Wheeler
International Civil Society Support (ICSS) is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Rico Gustav to the role of Senior Policy Adviser, Sustainability.
Mr. Gustav will lead on the development of the Civil Society Sustainability Network, which aims to mobilize support for medium and long-term sustainability of HIV- and TB-related programming for civil society and key and vulnerable populations as donors and countries continue to withdraw financial support from middle-income countries.
Activities of the Civil Society Sustainability Network include building and supporting a strong global network of effective advocates with meaningful involvement of those living in the most affected countries and regions, to redefine premature and harmful transitions and to hold all stakeholders to account on responsible transition planning.
Peter van Rooijen, Executive Director at ICSS, said “As a leader with vast experience at national, regional and global level, Rico brings a unique perspective and skillset to the ICSS team and to this important area of work, contributing to comprehensive sustainability frameworks for HIV and TB programmes. We are excited to welcome him on board.”
Rico Gustav will officially commence his new role on 1 June 2017 and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.