WORLD AIDS DAY2009 Dr.T.V.Rao MD
AIDS • AIDS stands for: Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome • AIDS is a medical condition. A person is diagnosed with AIDS when their immune system is too weak to fight off infections. • Since AIDS was first identified in the early 1980s, an unprecedented number of people have been affected by the global AIDS epidemic. Today, there are an estimated 33 million people living with HIV/AIDS. Doctortvrao’s ‘e’ learning series
UNAIDS – Guides the matters related to HIV/AIDS • UNAIDS, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS, is an innovative joint venture of the United Nations family, bringing together the efforts and resources of ten UN system organizations in the AIDS response to help the world prevent new HIV infections, care for people living with HIV, and mitigate the impact of the epidemic.
Cosponsors of UNAIDS include.. • UNHCR, UNICEF, WFP,UNDP, UNFPA, UNODC, ILO, UNESCO, WHO and the World Bank.
UNAIDS Coordinates • UNAIDShelps mount and support an expanded response to AIDS – one that engages the efforts of many sectors and partners from government and civil society.
In spite of Progress of science AIDS is caused by less understood Virus
AIDS Awareness OriginA Red Ribbon • The Red Ribbon Project was created by the New York-based Visual AIDS Artists Caucus in 1991. • Keep the image copyright free, so that no individual or organization would profit from the use of the red ribbon; • The Red Ribbon should be used as a consciousness raising symbol, not as a commercial or trademark tool.
Red Ribbon symbolizesAIDSAwareness • The Red Ribbon continues to be a powerful force in the fight to increase public awareness of HIV/AIDS and in the lobbying efforts to increase funding for AIDS services and research.
Beginning of World AIDS Day • Started on 1st December 1988, World AIDS Day is about raising money, increasing awareness, fighting prejudice and improving education. The World AIDS Day theme for 2009 is 'Universal Access and Human Rights'. • Doctortvrao’s ‘e’ learning series
A day to keep the promises • As of 2008, each year's World AIDS Day theme is chosen by the World AIDS Campaign's Global Steering Committee after extensive consultation with people, organizations and government agencies involved in the prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS. For each World AIDS Day from 2005 through 2010, the theme will be "Stop AIDS. Keep the Promise.", with a yearly sub-theme. This overarching theme is designed to encourage political leaders to keep their commitment to achieve universal access to HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment, care, and support by the year 2010. • Doctortvrao’s ‘e’ learning series
Aim of World AIDS Day • The aim of the World AIDS Day is to bring people’s attention to the worldwide challenges and consequences of the epidemic in order to create change. World Aids Day was initiated following a summit of Health Ministers in London (1988). In the meeting, the leaders realized that a united global effort was required to check the spread of HIV and AIDS.
WHO – AIDS Day • Annual observance aimed at raising awareness of the global epidemic of AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome) and the spread of HIV (human immunodeficiency virus). World AIDS Day occurs on December 1 and was established by the World Health Organization (WHO) in 1988 to facilitate the exchange of information among national and local governments, international organizations, and individuals.
Theme for 2009 • The theme has been chosen to address the critical need to protect human rights and attain access for all to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support. It also acts as a call to countries to remove laws that discriminate against people living with HIV, women and marginalized groups. Countries are also urged to realise the many commitments they made to protect human rights in the Declaration of Commitment on HIV/AIDS (2001) and the Political Declaration on HIV/AIDS (2006). Doctortvrao’s ‘e’ learning series
Young people Major victims of AIDS • According to UNAIDS estimates, there are now 33.2 million people living with HIV, including 2.5 million children. During 2007 some 2.5 million people became newly infected with the virus. Around half of all people who become infected with HIV do so before they are 25 and are killed by AIDS before they are 35. Doctortvrao’s ‘e’ learning series
The current theme - 2009 • The World AIDS Campaign has announced the global theme of Universal Access and Human Rights for World AIDS Day 2009.
Developing Nations are major targets • Around 95% of people with HIV and AIDS live in developing nations. But HIV today is a threat to men, women and children on all continents around the world
Why Red Ribbon • The red ribbon is an international symbol of AIDS awareness that is worn by people all year round and particularly around World AIDS Day to demonstrate care and concern about HIV and AIDS, and to remind others of the need for their support and commitment. Doctortvrao’s ‘e’ learning series
What people with AIDS face • Ostracism • Violence • Eviction • Loss of employment • Restrictions on travel Doctortvrao’s ‘e’ learning series
Consider to end discrimination • Some 59 countries still have laws that restrict the entry, stay and residence of people living with HIV based on their positive HIV status only, discriminating against them in their freedom of movement and right to work. At the same time, laws and regulations protecting people with HIV from discrimination and women from gender inequality and sexual violence are not fully implemented or enforced. Doctortvrao’s ‘e’ learning series
Key slogans adopted: • I am accepted.I am safe. I am getting treatment. I am wellI am living with my rights.
Key slogans adopted • Everyone deserves to live their rights Right to LiveRight to HealthAccess for all to HIV prevention treatment care and support is a critical part of human rights.
Many contribute to AIDS charity • Bill Gates, has been heavily involved in the fight against the disease. He and his wife, Melinda, started a foundation that has donated more than $500 million US to combating AIDS, as well as tuberculosis and malaria
Why should we continue our Mission • AIDS is a long term event • Tackling problem is complex issue • But past, present success shows we can do the BEST
Current objectives • We should invest in research, development, of improved Diagnostic tests. • Find new, less toxic, and more effective drugs. • Great efforts to reduce tackling stigma, and discrimination
Let us consider to be kind, helpful to people living withHIV/AIDS Dr.T.V.Rao MD Email firstname.lastname@example.org