As HIV/AIDS experts
in Mexico for the 17th International AIDS Conference urged "sustained action” to lower barriers to universal access to treatment and prevention programs, activists in Zimbabwe chafed because they had not been able to send delegates to the meeting.
For an overview view of the proceedings in Mexico City, reporter Carole Gombakomba of VOA's Studio 7 for Zimbabwe turned to VOA correspondent Vincent Makori in Mexico City, who said that while developing countries are in most dire need of treatment, their poor representation at the conference shows it won't be easy to reach anti-AIDS targets.Zimbabwe is represented by National AIDS Council Executive Director Tapiwa Magure. It remained unclear if Health Minister David Parirenyatwa would attend.
Bernard Mazhindu, president of the Zimbabwe National Network of People Living with HIV/AIDS, said Zimbabwean AIDS activists feel left out on issues affecting them.