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Interagency Coalition on AIDS and Development

A Canadian Coalition of HIV and AIDS organizations and individuals working to strengthen the response to HIV.

The Interagency Coalition on AIDS and Development (ICAD) is a registered Canadian charity based in Ottawa, Ontario representing a large coalition of over 100 Canadian HIV and AIDS organizations, international development non-governmental organizations, academic institutions, labour unions, and individuals. ICAD helps Canadians contribute to international HIV work and encourages Canadian organizations to use the lessons learned from the global response that ICAD makes available, to improve prevention, care, treatment, and support services across diverse settings in Canada. ICAD provides leadership in reducing the global and domestic impact of the HIV and AIDS epidemic through improving public policy, providing information and analysis, and sharing lessons learned.
Despite Medical Advances, We're Still Fighting The Stigma Of

Despite Medical Advances, We're Still Fighting The Stigma Of HIV

Even with access to care, I saw the Afro-Canadian positive community around me failing to receive the care they need. Refugees face many challenges -- being a newcomer, being alone, dealing with trauma. In addition, the shame of having HIV was profound; merely walking into an HIV clinic caused widespread gossip and shaming within the community.
02/03/2017 02:31 EST
There's No Time To Backtrack The Fast-Track To Ending AIDS By

There's No Time To Backtrack The Fast-Track To Ending AIDS By 2030

We are just three years away from being called to account for our progress towards the 2020 Fast-Track targets -- a critical milestone in ending the AIDS epidemic. We still have a great distance to travel before we're able to call it a success. Measures to close this gap are readily available, but what we need is an all hands-on deck approach.
12/12/2016 01:41 EST
How Do We Make A Better World For Children Affected By

How Do We Make A Better World For Children Affected By HIV/AIDS?

Since 2011, new infections in children have reduced by a massive 60 per cent -- this drop is responsible for most of the impressive decline in HIV infections globally. So why then is it hard for me to join in the spontaneous applause that tend to break out at events where statements such as "... and her baby was born HIV-free" or "... and my baby is healthy" are made?
12/09/2016 11:44 EST
We Must Embrace Inclusion For An AIDS-Free

We Must Embrace Inclusion For An AIDS-Free 2030

Few health workers with knowledge of sign language and a lack of written or visual information on HIV in sign language are further barriers for those with hearing impairments. Requiring a sign language interpreter also limits the level of privacy deaf people have when accessing health services. Additionally, much information can get lost in translation. Without comprehensive knowledge of HIV transmission, Lesotho's deaf population remains vulnerable to this virus.
12/08/2016 08:04 EST
Spread Too Thin To End AIDS: Narrowing Global Focus And Setting

Spread Too Thin To End AIDS: Narrowing Global Focus And Setting Priorities

Internationally the formal commitment has been made to end AIDS by 2030. However, there is a chasm to be crossed between the formal signature of a country acknowledging that these targets ought to be met, and the day-to-day financial, political, and social effort that meeting these targets will require.
12/08/2016 02:02 EST
I Want To Believe The End Of AIDS Is Nigh – My Life Depends On

I Want To Believe The End Of AIDS Is Nigh – My Life Depends On It

Thirty-seven years old. In 2030, I will be 37 years old. In 2030, the AIDS epidemic will be eliminated. I hope. According to the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) or "Global Goals" that's the plan. I pray to God they're right. I can wait till 37, but if I'm being honest, I expect to be waiting much past that.
12/06/2016 01:55 EST
What Could The Future Of Women's HIV Prevention Look

What Could The Future Of Women's HIV Prevention Look Like?

current prevention strategies are not decreasing the rate of new HIV infections quickly enough to end the epidemic -- and women and girls are especially at risk. Given recent advances in HIV prevention science, we can, and must, do better.
12/05/2016 12:43 EST
HIV, TB, And The Battle For Global

HIV, TB, And The Battle For Global Health

Tuberculosis (TB), a formidable foe to global health for thousands of years, has joined forces with HIV, a relative new-kid on the block, and together the two have left a wake of destruction, destitution, and death in communities across the globe.
12/02/2016 07:35 EST
Canada's Leadership In Ending AIDS Globally Must Start At

Canada's Leadership In Ending AIDS Globally Must Start At Home

Speaking at the recent Global Fund replenishment conference in Montreal, Mr. Trudeau touted that "Canada will continue to lead by example, and show the world what we can accomplish when we unite in pursuit of a larger goal." However, this declaration came at a time when HIV rates have been steadily rising across the country, people with HIV being criminalized for non-disclosure and underfunding for HIV organizations.
12/01/2016 11:13 EST