Women Alive had the honor of hosting women and men from seventeen different African Countries who were participants in the International Visitor Leadership Program, and who are working to combat the spread of HIV/AIDS in their countries.
The International Visitor Leadership Program brings participants to the United States from all over the world each year to meet and confer with their professional counterparts and to experience the U.S. firsthand. The visitors who are current or potential leaders in government, politics, the media, education, and other fields, are selected by American officials overseas. More than 200 current and former Heads of State, 1,500 cabinet-level ministers, and many other distinguished world leaders in government and the private sector have participated in the International Visitor Leadership Program.
It has been reported previously by AIDS and Africa, that at the national level, the 21 countries with the highest HIV prevalence are in Africa. In at least 10 African countries, prevalence rates among adults exceed 10 percent.
The Department of State directs the program in cooperation with a wide range of non-profit organizations operating under cooperative agreements. The program also relies on the commitment and skills of over 95 community-based organizations across the country.
For further information on the International Visitior Leadership Program contact:
National Council for International Visitors
1420 K Street, NW
Washington, DC 20005