On December 4, 2012, at 7:00 p.m., philanthropists, funders, members, community organizations, people living with HIV/AIDS, and allies gathered at the Law Society of Upper Canada (Convocation Hall) to celebrate the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network and honour the recipients of the 2012 Awards for Action on HIV/AIDS and Human Rights — Dr. Philip Berger (Canadian Recipient) and Andrey Rylkov Foundation for Health and Social Justice (International Recipient).
CANADIAN AWARD — DR. PHILIP BERGER
Dr. Philip Berger is the chief of the Department of Family and Community Medicine and the medical director of St. Michael’s Hospital’s renowned Inner City Health Program. Outside of leading one of the best family practice teams in Canada, he is a dedicated physician who specializes in HIV/AIDS — treating patients with HIV/AIDS since the epidemic began. As a member of the Ontario Advisory Committee on HIV/AIDS, he has been a leading advocate on finding health solutions for people living with HIV/AIDS.
INTERNATIONAL AWARD — ANDREY RYLKOV FOUNDATION FOR HEALTH AND SOCIAL JUSTICE
The Andrey Rylkov Foundation for Health and Social Justice, established in 2009, is a grassroots organization in Moscow, Russia, with the mission of promoting and developing humane drug policy based on tolerance, protection of health, dignity and human rights. The Foundation engages in four key strategies to advance its mission: advocacy, “watchdog,” service provision, and capacity-building of affected communities and individuals. The founder, Anya Sarang, has been closely involved with harm reduction development in Eastern Europe and Central Asia through her membership in the Eurasian Harm Reduction Network. She has also been involved in research on drug use and HIV, including epidemiological and behavioural studies, and qualitative research on issues such as barriers to harm reduction services, police and human rights, access to HIV treatment, management of drug use, prisons, and drug policy.
KEYNOTE SPEAKER — STEPHEN LEWIS
As a Canadian politician, diplomat and international envoy for humanitarian efforts, Stephen Lewis has dedicated himself to improving the human condition. Formerly the Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa to UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, Stephen Lewis is Chair of the Board of the Stephen Lewis Foundation in Canada, Distinguished Visiting Professor at Ryerson University in Toronto, and Co-Director of AIDS-Free World, an international AIDS advocacy organization based in the United States. Mr. Lewis is a member of the Board of Directors of the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) and the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI). He also serves as a Commissioner on the newly formed Global Commission on HIV and the Law, created by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) with the support of the Joint United Nations Programme of HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS). Mr. Lewis is the author of the best-selling book Race Against Time. He holds 34 honorary degrees from Canadian universities and is a Companion of the Order of Canada, Canada’s highest honour for lifetime achievement.
About the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network
Since 1992, the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network ( www.aidslaw.ca ) has been promoting the human rights of people living with and vulnerable to HIV/AIDS, in Canada and internationally, through research, legal and policy analysis, education, and community mobilization. The Legal Network is Canada ‘s leading advocacy organization working on the legal and human rights issues raised by HIV/AIDS.
About the Awards for Action
The Awards for Action on HIV/AIDS and Human Rights were established in 2002 by the Legal Network and Human Rights Watch to highlight outstanding contributions that decrease vulnerability to HIV/AIDS and protect the rights and dignity of people living with and vulnerable to HIV. Their purpose is to publicly recognize and honour excellence and commitment to work that has a direct impact on HIV/AIDS and human rights issues — in particular, work that directly benefits marginalized individuals and communities. Each year, an award is given to one Canadian and one international recipient.
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