From the archives: World AIDS Day, 2008

This is a post I made in early December, 2008 (most of the links still worked!). In the past six years, some things have changed–many, many more people are now on needed treatment, and we’ve learning more about the disease–but, sadly, two million people were infected with the virus last year and 1.5 million died of AIDS-related causes, according to the Clinton Foundation. There are still opportunities to buy things, as anyone who visited the Apple website or iTunes recently would notice–and there’s a lot more information. Just try #WorldAIDSDay or @RED!

Yesterday [which at the time of writing was 1 December 2008] we missed a chance to talk about what the 20th World AIDS Day means. I read some thoughtful–and sobering–things, and also found encouragement, as I spent a little time educating myself online. In the US, as more people with HIV/AIDS live longer, the CDC cautions, there are more chances to pass the virus along to others. Both prevention and treatment go hand in hand.

Visit the CDC site to learn more about the disease or start by exploring the learn links (and see some videos too) on the site for (RED), which you may know from GAP ads. It was created by Bono and Bobby Shriver to raise awareness and money: Several retail organizations produce (PRODUCT) RED-branded products to generate revenue for The Global Fund to invest in African AIDS programs. For moreĀ  content, visit the mothers2mothers site and YouTube channel to earn more about their efforts to prevent the transmission of the virus to infants, and to educate, empower, and treat women, which I found inspiring.

In a guest column published on, George Katito, a researcher on the Governance and African Peer Review Mechanism programme at the South African Institute of International Affairs in Johannesburg, assesses the overall score in the fight against AIDS on the continent, and finds encouraging signs along with many unmet needs. Read Africa: Winning the Fight Against Aids?

Some organizations that are addressing HIV/AIDS in developing countries are listed in Current Programs and Resources – HIV / AIDS, from a resource supported by The Global Health Group at UCSF that is oriented toward private healthcare in developing countries. Harvard’s Global Health Delivery Project provides practitioners in the field with practical information on HIV/AIDS.

For more detailed information, visit UNAIDS, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS, cosponsored by UNHCR, UNICEF, WFP,UNDP, UNFPA, UNODC, ILO, UNESCO, WHO and the World Bank. The goal of bringing together the efforts and resources of ten UN system organizations in the AIDS response is to help the world prevent new HIV infections, care for people canadian casino news living with HIV, and mitigate the impact of the epidemic. There’s a wealth of information there–data, information on stigma and discrimination, and more.

And for other official points of view, here’s a White House link to a World AIDS Day event (video here) from yesterday featuring, as Jon Stewart would say, still-president Bush and Laura Bush, and a short address from the President-Elect.

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