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Asia-Pacific AIDS Congress in Bali Set for 2009

500 Delegates and 50 Countries Expected at Important HIV/AID Conference Set for Bali in August 2009.

(6/21/2008) The National News Agency Antara reports that Bali will play host to the 9th International Congress on AIDS in Asia and the Pacific (ICAAP) scheduled to be held August 9-13, 2009.

Representing the meeting's organizing committee, Professor Zubairi Djoerban told the press: "The congress will take place under the auspices of the AIDS Society of Asia and the Pacific. About 500 delegates from 50 countries are expected to take part in the congress,"

The theme adopted for the Bali conference is: "Empowering the People, Reinforcing Networks." The theme aims to enhance cooperation in the 20 year struggle to eradicate AIDS. "We hope participants from Asia and the Pacific will share experience, particularly those who are policy makers," Zubairi said,

While AIDS cases are on the decline across Asia, the number of new cases continues to increase in Indonesia. National health officials estimate that 400,000 Indonesian will be infected in 2010 while 100,000 Indonesian will die of the virus in that same year.

"Without adequate intervention, the virus will by 2015 have infected one million people, killed 350,000 and infected 38,500 children," Coordinating Minister for People's Welfare Aburizal Bakrie warned.

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