International AIDS Society, Kaiser Family Foundation Partner To Cover XV International AIDS Conference in Bangkok
The International AIDS Society and the Kaiser Family Foundation today announced that they will partner to provide online access to the XV International AIDS Conference in Bangkok, Thailand, which is scheduled for July 11 - July 16, 2004, according to an IAS/Kaiser Family Foundation release. The conference is being organized by the IAS, the Thai Ministry of Public Health and other international AIDS organizations. The goals of the IAS/Kaiser Family Foundation partnership are to raise international awareness of the HIV/AIDS pandemic and successful efforts to address it; expand the reach of the International AIDS Conference by providing communities in developed and developing countries virtual access to the conference proceedings; and extend the content and advances generated at the conference by providing easy access to the information during and following the conference. The foundation operates kaisernetwork.org, a free online health news and information service, which will offer free worldwide access of the conference proceedings, including webcasts of all conference plenary sessions and selected additional sessions; additional video coverage of the conference, including interviews with newsmakers; daily edited highlights of conference activities; and preparation of a DVD package summarizing conference materials to be distributed worldwide after the conference. IAS President Joep Lange said the group "seeks to distribute the latest, most accurate information about HIV and AIDS to the people who need it most, our fellow researchers and doctors, opinion leaders, the HIV/AIDS community and the general public. Kaisernetwork gets the most accurate, most current information out to the people who make policy and move opinion around the world. We are delighted to partner with them to open the Bangkok conference to the world." Kaiser Family Foundation President and CEO Drew Altman said, "We look forward to working with the IAS and others to bring the important developments coming out of Bangkok to those in offices, clinics and villages around the world who cannot be in Thailand" (IAS/Kaiser Family Foundation release, 7/15).
Webcasts and other coverage of the XV International AIDS Conference will be available online at http://www.kaisernetwork.org/aids2004. Special coverage of the XIV International AIDS Conference in Barcelona, Spain, from kaisernetwork.org is also available online at http://www.kaisernetwork.org/aids2002.