Wednesday, December 1, 2010

World AIDS DAY

Stephen Lewis, my hero,  calls it the AIDS pandemic ... 

"A pandemic is an epidemic of infectious disease that is spreading through human populations across a large region; for instance a continent, or even worldwide."
Human rights are often at the epicentre of this pandemic, here at home as well as around the world whether via inequitable access to health care and treatment, personal privacy,  discrimination or education.

His organization The Stephen Lewis Foundation is dedicated to turning the tide of HIV/AIDS in Africa by supporting women who are ill and struggling to survive; orphans and other AIDS-affected children;  heroic grandmothers caring for their orphan grandchildren; and sustaining associations of people living with HIV and AIDS.

AIDS is a threat to humankind; it touches all of us. On this day, maybe take a moment to Google AIDS or HIV and spend even a few minutes educating yourself on the issues. Even if you learn one new way to prevent HIV or about the struggles of people struggling to live with AIDS - it will bring us all one step closer to understanding the issues.

Go to http://www.worldaidscampaign.org/en/World-AIDS-Day to learn more.  Not a sermon - just a friendly suggestion. After all, we're one world.

3 comments:

  1. Hi Lyn. Being in Southern Africa, it's a topic close to my heart. Luckily, Botswana is one of the wealthier countries, and our government has managed to offer treatment to so many people, which has had a huge effect. However it is still a huge issue here in so many ways..

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  2. I'm so glad you posted something about World AIDS Day! Here in DC 1 in 4 adults is HIV positive. Many people think of AIDS as only a problem in Africa, but the rates in some US cities or in certain communities are equally as bad.

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  3. Karen - you get a different perspective entirely on your side of the globe. Thanks for your comment.

    Kattrina - I agree with your comment about people thinking it is only a problem in Africa however I choose to focus my efforts there mostly because of the societal reasons many are contracting it and the lack of accessibility to proper HIV treatments. In Canada, we have this covered much better.

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