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13 June 2012
Bill Bowtell

Honours for Jenny Bott and Wayne Harrison

We are delighted to congratulate two great friends of Pacific Friends – Jenny Bott and Wayne Harrison – who received awards in the Order of Australia in the 2012 Queen’s Birthday Honours List. Jenny and Wayne were recognised for their outstanding contributions to the arts.

Ms Jennifer Bott AO
Jenny is the chief executive officer of the UNSW Foundation and a member of the Pacific Friends Advisory Council. Jenny greatly assisted in the smooth transition of Pacific Friends to its new home at the University of New South Wales and has been an invaluable source of advice and encouragement to Pacific Friends.
Mr Wayne Harrison AM
Wayne is an internationally-renowned producer, director and writer and a former artistic director of the Sydney Theatre Company. We were delighted that Wayne was artistic director for the remarkable World AIDS Day 2011 celebrations which were attended by the Governor-General and Sir Elton John.

We thank both of them for their continuing support for the work of Pacific Friends, and wish them every success.

Bill Bowtell
Executive Director, Pacific Friends of the Global Fund

23 March 2012
Tim Siegenbeek van Heukelom

World TB Day 2012: Stop TB in our lifetime

Tuberculosis (TB) remains a global killer, it is the second-largest infectious killer of adults around the world causing some 1.4 million deaths in 2010. Despite the attention of the Global Fund and many other initiatives (like Stop TB Partnership, TB Alliance) to fight TB, it is still causing a lot of needless suffering.

Every year the world observes World TB Day on March 24, a day on which the disease receives full attention and push for more ambitious campaigns to stop the disease in this lifetime. This year’s theme is therefore “Stop TB in our lifetime”.

In a statement for World TB Day, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon therefore emphasised that “tuberculosis has not received sufficient attention”. Ban continues: “with the right interventions, we can make a major difference” and that we have to be “even more ambitious and ‘Stop TB in our lifetime'”.

My Stop TB offers you a way to make your own poster to raise awareness for the fight against TB and call for more action. Here are the posters made by the team at Pacific Friends:

Make your own poster at My Stop TB

30 January 2012
Tim Siegenbeek van Heukelom

Bill Bowtell given Honours on Australia Day 2012

Last week on Australia Day (26 January), our Executive Director Bill Bowtell was given honours as Officer (AO) in the General Division of the Order of Australia for distinguished service to public health through the development and implementation of policy and programs supporting HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention, and as a supporter of global debate on communicable diseases and their impact on human and economic development.

An excerpt of the ABC video covering the Australia Day Honours List:

The original full video can be found on the ABC website.

30 November 2011
Tim Siegenbeek van Heukelom

Australian Landmarks will turn red for World AIDS Day 2011

Today and tomorrow evening landmarks in Australia will be bathed in red for the global launch of World AIDS Day on 1 December 2011. Around the world, over 50 landmarks and iconic monuments will turn red in support of an AIDS-free generation by 2015.

The Sydney Opera House, Harbour Bridge pylons and Canberra’s New and Old Parliament Houses and Black Mountain Tower will turn red as part of a global campaign to create an AIDS-free generation by 2015;  and to reduce cases of mother-to-child transmission of HIV from 390,000 cases per year to zero by 2015.

On Wednesday 30 November, a World AIDS Day reception at the Opera House will be attended by the Governor-General and prominent HIV experts, advocates and activists involved in the global response to HIV/AIDS. The event is being coordinated by Pacific Friends of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

“Creating an AIDS free generation by 2015 is an ambitious but attainable goal. It is one to which the world must remain committed” said Pacific Friends Chair Wendy McCarthy AO.

The Australian Minister for Health and Ageing, the Hon Nicola Roxon, will be speaking at the Reception, as will the Lord Mayor of Sydney, the Hon Clover Moore MP.

A major theme of this year’s World AIDS Day is the compelling need to eliminate transmission of HIV from mother-to-child. One of the speakers at the Sydney Opera House will be Dr Mobumo Kiromat, the Clinical Director for the Prevention of Parent to Child Transmission with the Clinton Health Access Initiative in Papua New Guinea.

Another key speaker is Mr James Chau, Presenter and Senior Anchor with the China Central Television Network (CCTV) who also serves UNAIDS Goodwill Ambassador. World AIDS Day Sydney will also hear from Robert Mitchell, President of the National Association of People Living with HIV AIDS and Mr Paul McClintock, Chair of Medibank.

Tune in to Twitter tonight for live coverage of the event between 7pm and 10pm on Twitter @PacificFriends #WorldAIDSDay #WAD2011 #GettingToZero #AIDSFreeGeneration2015 #turnRED #HIVisStillHere

Here is some coverage of last year’s event:

14 September 2011
Tim Siegenbeek van Heukelom

Pacific Friends now active on social media

Although Pacific Friends has been operating as a high-level advocacy organisation since 2009, the time now seems right to venture into the social media domain. As part of this we have updated our website, created a Pacific Friends Facebook page and now also have a presence on Twitter @PacificFriends.

Pacific Friends operates as a program within the Kirby Institute at the University of New South Wales.

Pacific Friends

Professor Janice Reid AC
Bill Bowtell AO
Executive Director

Pacific Friends of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria is a high-level advocacy organisation which seeks to mobilise regional awareness of the serious threat posed by HIV & AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria to societies and economies in the Pacific. In pursuing its goals Pacific Friends has a specific interest in highlighting the need to protect the rights of women and children in the Pacific.


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