Be Our Volunteer
9th ICAAP Opens for Volunteers
Jakarta (10 June 2009). In modern societies the most basic of all values is one of cooperation, helping one another, which will in turn help themselves. Besides being helpful to others, volunteerism is one way to ensure your professional skills are kept honed, your resume stays up to date, and you get new connections and contacts while away from school or work.
The 9th International Congress on AIDS in Asia and the Pacific (ICAAP) to be held in Bali, Indonesia, from 9 to 13 August 2009 is an important and innovative congress in offering new ways to strengthen the health system in different countries by the sharing of information and experience, sharing of new scientific innovations, and is proof that the participation of civil society at all levels in policy making and monitoring is the best solution to address cross-border HIV pandemic.
In Asia and the Pacific, with its diverse cultures, religion, economy and politics, AIDS remains the main concern: AIDS remains one of the highest causes of death and loss of work for people aged 15 to 44 years. Although the total number of AIDS cases in Asia is relatively low compared to Africa, evidence shows that HIV infection is on an upward trend.
With the theme ”Empowering People, Strengthening Networks”, the 9th ICAAP will bring together individuals, institutions, companies, societies, and networks, whether governmental, non-governmental, and private sector, to share experiences and work together towards achieving the UN Millennium Development Goals (MDG) by 2015 of reducing the AIDS pandemic.
The 9th ICAAP needs at least 313 volunteers. Of this total, only 102 people have registered for volunteer work in this biggest AIDS congress in Asia and the Pacific.
”We need as many volunteers as possible. But we are targeting at least 313 volunteers to participate. So we still need about 200 more volunteers for this 9th ICAAP,” the congress’s Volunteer Coordinator Madrina Mazhar said.
Madrina said that volunteers should have adequate understanding of volunteerism, adding that many benefits can be gained by being one, including a valuable opportunity to be involved in a major international event that will involve the participation of representatives from 65 countries.
”ICAAP volunteers will have the opportunity to significantly contribute to the success of ICAAP. They will be able to meet and connect with new people from countries around Asia and the Pacific. What’s more, we could build our own networking with people from all over,” she said.
Volunteer contribution in this event is significant to the success of the 9th ICAAP as their participation will be needed in all aspects of the congress organization. Requirements for being a 9th ICAAP volunteer include already being 18 years old, ability to speak and understand English, good interpersonal skills, as well as having empathy and knowledge on issues related with people living with HIV (PLHIV).
Those interested to become volunteers should register and receive more information through the website http://www.icaap9.org. Registration is open until July 4, 2009.