Photo credit : UNAIDS
The 1st March is earmarked by the United Nations as Zero Discrimination day. It is a day set aside to speak out and raise awareness against all forms of discrimination. To celebrate the right of every individual to live their full and productive life with dignity regardless of gender, race, nationality, age, disability, colour, sexuality, religion, and language.
AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) , a leading organization that provides cutting edge treatment and advocacy services in 36 countries globally, believes that the #ZeroDiscriminationDay is a day that should be embraced by all ; especially as the world works toward achieving the sustainable development goals (SDGs) and ending AIDS.
“In the fight against HIV/AIDS ; ending stigma and discrimination plays a very crucial role in winning the fight and ending AIDS. Although some progress has been made in addressing stigma and discrimination, people living with HIV/AIDS still suffer as a result of stigma and discrimination in Africa and the world at large. Individuals are still denied access to healthcare services, jobs, schools, rejected by their families and treated unfairly because of their status” ( Dr. Penninah Iutung, AHF Africa Bureau Chief)
“Nigeria has an anti-discrimination law, which is a highly commendable development; however a law is not efficient; if it is not implemented. AIDS Healthcare Foundation Believes that government needs to work more closely with stakeholders to see that nationwide orientation is carried out with respect to educating citizens and law enforcement agencies on the use of the anti-discrimination law” (Dr. Adetayo Towolawi–,Country Program Manager , AHF Nigeria).
The world needs to be a more tolerant place and people need to work concertedly to ensure that stigma and discrimination is stamped out. In addition, more advocacy needs to be done in ensuring that favorable policies are enacted and implemented across the continent. AHF Africa advocates that every individual be treated first as humans with rights that need to be respected and upheld. The organization also joins the United Nations and the rest of the world in solidarity; in commemoration of Zero Discrimination Day
The International AIDS Conference coming up in Durban from the 18-22 July , 2016 has doubled scholarship opportunities.
Kindly take advantage in order to secure attendance to the biggest HIV/AIDS Conference in the world.
Please see the link below for more information
The 18th International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa (ICASA) kicked off full steam on the 29th of November in Harare , Zimbabwe.
The theme of this year’s conference is “AIDS in Post 2015 Era: Linking Leadership, Science & Human Rights” and over 10,000 delegates from across the continent and the globe are participating. ICASA which is unarguably the biggest AIDS conference in Africa will feature some notable speakers such as : Michel Sidibe (Executive Director, UNAIDS) ; Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin (Executive Director of UNFPA) and Dr. Leila Pakkala (UNICEF Regional Director for Eastern and Southern Africa) etc.
The conference will be chaired by Dr Ihab AbdelRhaman Ahmed (epidemiologist and President of the Society for AIDS in Africa (SAA)) and co-chaired by Dr. Pagwesese David Parirenyatwa (Health and Child care Minister representing the Government of Zimbabwe).
The objectives of this year’s conference are :
- Increase African leadership and ownership, as well as investment in financing to support the continental health response.
- Strengthen the interaction between the public health, science and human right approaches in the control and elimination of the HIV/AIDS and associate diseases.
- Improve awareness and learning on knowledge, skills, best practices from the response to AIDS and other emergent epidemics (EBOLA, HEPATITIS, SRAS and NCD’s)
- Promote the development and scale up of evidence-based interventions for HIV/AIDS and associate diseases in the post 2015 era.
Courtesy : http://icasa2015zimbabwe.org/
Other key activities include: the ICASA Youth front session (s) and Biomedical HIV prevention forum.
To follow the conference , please visit any of the following :
http://icasa2015zimbabwe.org/ or https://www.facebook.com/icasa2015/
In view of the 2015 World AIDS Day commemoration, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) released current global HIV/AIDS figures.
Please see link below:
A few key figures to note :
In 2014 –
- 36.9 million people were living with HIV
- around 2 million people were newly infected
- 1.2 million people died of AIDS related illnesses
As at June 2015, 15.8 million people are on ART globally
See the link below for the detailed UNAIDS World AIDS Day report:
While the world maybe on track to ending AIDS by 2030 with the number of people on treatment, more needs to be done in getting people to know their status.
It starts with you and I; so GET TESTED this WORLD AIDS DAY!