World Aids Day

Today is World Aids Day. It’s a day we can educate and dedicate ourselves to reaching out to those who suffer from AIDS. Africa especially needs the help of the rest of the world to tackle what has become an emergency in that country. Here is some information about the AIDS pandemic in Africa:

-Every day in Africa, 6,600 people die and another 8,500 contract the HIV virus – 1,400 of whom are newborn babies infected during childbirth or by their mothers’ milk. Africa is home to 25 million people with HIV – 64% of global infections. (UNAIDS)

-More than 12 million children in Africa have lost at least one parent to HIV/AIDS; this total will reach 18 million by 2010. (UNAIDS)

-Women account for 57 percent of all adults in Sub-Saharan Africa infected with HIV or AIDS. (UNAIDS)

-AIDS is a preventable and treatable disease. We know what works in the fight against AIDS: Uganda, for example, got communities across the country involved in preventing AIDS and reduced its rate of infection from 15% to 5% (USAID)

-6 million AIDS patients around the world are in immediate need of anti-retroviral drugs (ARVs) but despite progress only 700,000 receive them and just 310,000 of these people are in Africa, the region hardest hit by AIDS. These drugs have a ‘Lazarus effect’ and can have patients out of bed, back at work and caring for their families within months. (WHO)

Please take some time today to browse these links and familiarize yourself with this incredible issue our world faces:

The One Campaign
DATA-Debt, AIDS, Trade, Africa
World Aids Day
UNAIDS
A Closer Walk

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2 thoughts on “World Aids Day

  1. Funny that you posted this; I was just listening to a program on the radio yesterday that was talking about this.
    Those are some seriously staggering figures aren’t they? A church I went to about 4-5 years ago had a pastor from Uganda for about a week and a lot of the change that they were able to implement happened because significant memebers of their government became saved during some radical revivals that were taking place.
    We do need to remember our brothers and sisters over there who are facing issues most of us will never have to deal with.

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