What does World AIDS Day Mean?

Turning tweeter posts to red, changing your profile to that red ribbon, gathering in remembrance-all good ways to commemorate and remember those who’ve lost their lives to this disease. But isn’t there more that can be done?

The statics are out….HIV/AIDS is still killing people- None discriminatory in all regards.

Just for today, let us make this disease a WORLD disease. Not just Africa, although they carry the loftiest percentage of the incidences.

According to recent statistics by UNAIDS:

More than 25 million people have died of AIDS since 1981.

Africa has over 14 million AIDS orphans- these are what we commonly refer to at the OVC

Women account for 50% of all adults living with HIV worldwide- they also bear the burden of being the caretakers and most of the time, the breadwinners

Of the  9.5 million people in immediate need of life-saving AIDS drugs only 4 million (roughly 42%) are receiving the drugs.

Let it be repeated again: we can make this issue an African issue, but obviously, the whole world is involved-even those countries issuing facade statistic. So today, let us focus on ALL the people who are dying of HIV/AIDS. Those who are suffering daily, those women and children who have bore the brunt of this disease.

Today, we will remember them. Today, we will pray for them. Today, we will celebrate the survivors and we will HOPE.

For there is nothing that says that we can’t beat this disease. the RED movement is fighting for 2015 to be the year that a new generation will be born without knowing the pain of this disease. And why not. What we are left with is hope.- and belief in our ability to fight.

What more can be done? There are a lot of people who are fighting to eradicate this disease. They have fought well, and continue to do so. But today, what can be done is to be aware. To know that ONE WE WILL OVERCOME!

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