Journalists in Mexico for AIDS Conference

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aids_logo.jpgIn preparation for the largest conference of its kind, the 2008 XVII International AIDS Conference, which starts on August 3, fifty-eight journalists from 40 countries have gathered in Centro, Banamex, Mexico City for the Journalist to Journalist (J2J) global media training programme on HIV/AIDS. The 4 day training session is expected to equip journalists in covering the science, technology, behavioral and prevention issues surrounding HIV/AIDS.

The National Press Foundation (NPF) has trained hundreds of journalists in providing coverage for these major AIDS conferences. President, Bob Meyers says that the sessions should be informative and journalists will learn a lot.

Journalists in attendance this year will be expected to prepare a curriculum for news rooms world wide which will benefit journalists not in attendance.

At a cost of $25 million the programme is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Merck Company and Pan American Health Organization, to name a few.

The conference will be addressing a number of scientific issues and findings surrounding HIV/AIDS.