Stories by Kate Iorpenda

Making your mind up: why we must support young people who use drugs

On Monday at the International Harm Reduction Conference in Lithuania, Kate Iorpenda, the Alliance’s Senior Adviser on Children and Impact Mitigation chaired an inspiring panel discussion involving young activists and programmers concerned with young people who use drugs. Continue reading  >

Reflections on new Global Plan to eliminate HIV among children and keep their mothers healthy

Along with the new Political Declaration on AIDS the UN High Level Meeting on AIDS saw the launch of a new Global Plan to eliminate HIV among children and keep their mothers healthy. Kate Iorpenda looks at the strengths of the plan and points out a glaring omission: the lack of discussion of key populations. Continue reading  >

Reflections on the IHRA 2011 conference

Reflections from the International Harm Reduction Conference 2011 in Beirut, Lebanon. Continue reading  >

Stigma in the social protection support system

The current focus on national social protection schemes that support families to mitigate against the shocks of poverty, natural disaster, and the impacts of HIV and AIDS is a positive one. . . However even in the countries where these systems are in place the quality of the services provided and the experience of recipients can further stigmatise and exclude. Continue reading  >

The importance of families in the HIV response

Before the start of the International AIDS Conference a group of over 450 academics, policy makers, researchers, implementing agencies, activists, and community representatives met in Vienna to discuss the importance of families in the HIV response.
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Call for the end to paediatric AIDS strengthens

Kate Iorpenda, Senior Adviser on Children at the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, reflects on the pre-International AIDS Conference symposium on Children Affected by HIV and AIDS. Continue reading  >