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FPC Report Launch - Women and Children First: Leadership and the HIV & AIDS Crisis in Africa

Women and Children First

Date: Tuesday 5 May 2009, 6.00-8.00pm

Venue: Committee Room 11, Palace of Westminster, London SW1A 0AA

Speaker: Ivan Lewis MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for International Development

Chair: Stephen Twigg, Director, Foreign Policy Centre

The Foreign Policy Centre, with the support of Abbott, hosted a series of three expert roundtable discussions during 2008, to discuss and identify concrete and practical ways in which the lives of African women and girls affected by HIV & AIDS could be transformed. The areas of discussion and analysis included: building sustainable healthcare systems, the prevention of mother-to-child transmission and child survival, and overcoming stigma and discrimination.

This event acted as the launch for a new FPC report which brings together the discussions and conclusions from all three roundtables, and provided an opportunity to discuss the findings. Ivan Lewis MP, the DFID Minister provided a keynote speech and contributions were also supplied by some of the roundtable participants.

The report can be found at:

Download Ivan Lewis MP - Keynote speech (30 kilobyte PDF)