ARE WE REALLY MIDDLE INCOME? ??…Sign the petition

The World Bank’s Middle-Income Classification does not show the true extent of poverty in the Middle Income Countries  (MICs) creates a perception that the MICs are ” not poor “; but in reality 75 % of the world’s poor and majority of the people living with HIV / AIDS reside in the MICs.

As a way of urging the World Bank to redefine it’s classification of Countries,  a coalition in Africa has launched an online petition.  They are hoping to get 10,000 signatures and would like for you to sign the petition in Solidarity and share with your networks!




Courtesy : Redefine Middle Income Classification Coalition ( RMICC )


Youth Stop AIDS Speaker Tour – We’re Recruiting!

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Do you know a young person affected by HIV / AIDS?
Do they have the skills, knowledge and passion to inspire other young people to take action?
Then we want to hear from you!
Youth Stop AIDSis looking for a young, passionate speaker from the Global South to join us on our annual Youth Stop AIDS Speaker Tour in the UK.
Over three weeks our speakers will tour 15-20 UK universities, helping bring to life the issues behind the HIV/AIDS pandemic by telling their personal story to students, young people and decision-makers, and inspiring them to take action. We believe there is nothing more powerful than hearing the true-life stories of people affected by these diseases, and the failings of the system, to motivate people to take action and change this reality.
Youth Stop AIDS‘ network of young people across the UK speak out, take creative action and engage those in power to ensure that governments, global institutions and corporations are committed to ending AIDS by 2030.  By telling their story on the Youth Stop AIDS’ Speaker Tour, the two speakers will inspire and motivate our network to continue taking action and campaigning to end AIDS. 
Attached to this email is the International Speaker Role Description – which provides full details of the role and responsibilities for the international speaker from the Global South – and the International Speaker Application Form for the role. 
Applications must be emailed to Anna atannar@restlessdevelopment.orgby Sunday 15th November 2015.
We have contacted you because we believe your networks may include young people that would be perfect for this opportunity.
We want to ensure as many young people as possible hear about this role and have the chance to apply. We’d love you to help us do this by sharing this opportunity with your networks and young people that you work with. You can do this by:
  • Sharing this email and the attached documents with your networks, encouraging young people to apply for the role

  • Share the opportunity on your organisation’s Facebook and Twitter, using the suggested messaging and the image attached to this email:
    • 18-32? Affected by #HIV or #AIDS? Apply for the International Speaker role on the @Youth_StopAIDS UK Speaker Tour:
    • Share your experience of #HIV/AIDS & inspire others to take action! Apply to speak on @Youth_StopAIDS’ Speaker Tour:
    • .@Youth_StopAIDS is recruiting a young person from the Global South to speak on their UK Speaker Tour. Apply here:
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If you or a young person you work with have any questions about the application process or the role, please get in touch with Anna
We look forward to hearing from you soon!
Courtesy : Youth Stop AIDS 



On October 11th , AIDS Healthcare Foundation joined the rest of the world to commemorate the day of the Girl child in 9 countries, with the hash tag #ShesHerAlly.

See video link below

girls painting

Photo & Video courtesy – AIDS Healthcare Foundation.

From us at RRA , we celebrate every girl child and call for the end of harmful practices (early marriage, Female Genital Mutilation, Sexual violence, lack access to education etc.) which contribute to the high HIV prevalence in young girls.


Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari calls for an end to HIV/AIDS…..UNGA 2015

Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari calls for an end to HIV/AIDS, high drug prices, and implementation of the SDGs at the 70th session of the UN General Assembly in New York.


See text below :

Topic : “Strengthening The Means of Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals and Ensuring an AIDS-free Generation By 2030 Through The Elimination Of Mother To Child Transmission of HIV. A Dual Imperative For Nigeria”.


Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen, I welcome you to this important event. Let me express Nigeria’s sincere appreciation to UN-AIDS for the support and collaboration in organizing this event.

2. We are on the threshold of history as world leaders adopt the successor development agenda to the Millennium Development Goals. For over 30 years, HIV as a public health challenge has been causing havoc and untold hardship in virtually every part of the world. To date, several million children have been orphaned and some communities have been devastated, while economic activities have been disrupted.

3. Unfortunately, Sub -Saharan Africa bears a disproportionate burden of this epidemic. The good news is that the effort of the global community has resulted in greater control, less spread and better management.

4. Furthermore, we have made significant progress towards the interception of mother to child transmission of HIV. In 2014 alone, over 3 million pregnant women were tested for HIV and 63,000 of these tested women, accessed anti – retroviral therapy.

Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,
5. What is required in our continued fight against HIV/AIDS is improved health delivery system, education, and cheaper production of anti – retroviral drugs through technology exchange. Our countries should also look at the whole field of medicare and strengthen our partnership with all stakeholders including the civil society, inter- faith and cultural bodies for education and dissemination of information at all levels. Nigeria will also like to call upon all pharmaceutical companies for more cooperation and understanding in reducing the cost of anti – retroviral drugs through production of generic items. Excellencies, Distinguished Delegates.

6. Nigeria will continue to work with development partners and key stakeholders to strengthen the means of implementation of the SDGs as elaborated in the Post- 2015 Development Agenda. At the continental level, Nigeria remains fully committed to the outcome of the Abuja process as evident in the 2002 Declaration, the Action Framework on Roll – Back Malaria. In addition, the 2013 Abuja + 12 Declaration is a strong commitment towards eliminating HIV and AIDS in Africa by 2030. Globally, the United Nations Political Declaration on HIV and AIDS of 2011 is a major reference point for intensifying efforts to eliminate the epidemic.

7. Nigeria appreciates the support of our development partners for their support and commitment to the total eradication of HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria as well as other deadly communicable diseases, for example Ebola, when an epidemic arises.

8. I therefore encourage you to continue in your efforts to sustain the fight against infant and maternal deaths, HIV and AIDS, Tuberculosis, Malaria and other communicable diseases, high on the global development agenda.

9. Let us work together to make HIV and AIDS history by 2030.

10. I thank you

Photo credit : Aghaeze Sunday