Washington, D.C., July 31, 2008 – Voice of America (VOA) is sending a
team of 18 journalists to the XVII International AIDS Conference in
Mexico City, August 3-8, to provide comprehensive coverage of the
disease around the world.
"AIDS has had a devastating impact throughout
the world," said VOA Director Danforth W. Austin. "AIDS' continuing
toll, particularly in Africa, makes it more important than ever that we
broadcast the latest, accurate news and information about its
prevention and treatment."
Special programming from Mexico City will
include television reports on Duniya (The World) in Hindi, Beyond the
Headlines in Urdu, El Mundo al Día (The World Today) in Spanish,
Straight Talk Africa and Healthy Living in English, and Today's Woman
In addition, VOA's Spanish Service has created a webpage
with information on HIV/AIDS in Latin America at www.VOANews.com/spanish/Sida-2008.cfm.
VOA journalists in Mexico
City will represent 13 of VOA's 45 language services. At VOA
headquarters in Washington D.C., broadcasters will supplement coverage
with special stories, interviews and question-and-answer sessions with
The international conference, held annually in a different
venue, is designed to allow experts to present new scientific research
and gather for discussions on new ways of confronting the challenges of
The Voice of America, which first went on the air in 1942, is
a multimedia international broadcasting service funded by the U.S.
government through the Broadcasting Board of Governors. VOA
(www.VOANews.com) broadcasts more than 1,250 hours of news,
information, educational, and cultural programming every week to an
estimated worldwide audience of more than 134 million people. Programs
are produced in 45 languages.
For more information, call the Office of Public Affairs at (202) 203-4959, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.