Background of Topic:
World AIDS Day is held on 1 December each year and is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV and AIDS, show their support for people living with HIV/AIDS and to commemorate people who have died. World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day starting in 1988. HIV continues to be a major global public health issue, having claimed more than 39 million lives so far. According to the World Health Organization, in 2013, 1.5 million people died from HIV-related causes globally.
Rwanda is currently on track to receive an HIV-free generation by 2015.
Zonta International has been working with UNICEF to combat mother-to-child transmission of HIV-AIDS and gender based violence in Rwanda since 2008, providing 2.2 million USD towards these efforts. According to UNICEF, gender based violence is a widespread problem in Rwanda and has direct links to higher HIV transmission rates among women and young women in particular.
Ideas for the Day:
- Wear a red ribbon in support of World AIDS Day. Share a picture on social media with the hashtag #PutARibbonOnIt
- Learn about HIV and AIDS. Know the facts so you can look after your own health, and so you can educate. (Click here to read a fact sheet provided by the World Health Organization.)
- Talk about HIV. Talking about HIV is a powerful tool against misinformation and stigma.
- Attend a World AIDS Day event in your community or near-by community.
- Read about Zonta’s partnership with UNICEF and the project “Working Towards an HIV-Free Generation Effective Prevention and Response to Gender Based Violence in Rwanda”.
Hashtag: #ZontaSaysNo #16Days
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