The 15th International AIDS Conference begins Sunday

By July 9, 2004

Thailand (MNN) — One of the world’s largest Christian humanitarian organizations is mobilizing the church to help fight the HIV/AIDS pandemic. The 15th International AIDS Conference is taking place July 11th through the 16th in Bangkok and World Vision will be playing a major roll in this year’s conference.

Several World Vision staff members have been influential on the planning committee. Some are plenary speakers, while others are chairing abstract-driven sessions. This will be the first time faith based organizations will be featured at the conference. Many who attended the conference two years ago faced hostility. There is some concern that this could happen again in Bangkok.

World Vision is dedicated to helping children and their communities worldwide reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty. More than a decade, AIDS has been the single greatest cause of poverty and suffering in many African communities where World Vision works.

Asia is now the battleground for AIDS. Myanmar, Cambodia and Thailand have been fighting the epidemic for more than a decade, with mixed success.

Issues that will be addressed with include AIDS orphans, faith group efforts to fight the spread of HIV/AIDS, HIV/AIDS in Latin America, and more.

Pray that World Vision will be a testimony to those participating who don’t know Christ.

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