World AIDS Day Commemoration 2016

World AIDS Day Commemoration 2016

World AIDS Day, 1st December, is a time for reflection:on what we have achieved with regard to the national and global response to HIV and what we still must achieve. World AIDS Day is a day dedicated to commemorate those who have passed on and to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS and the global spread of the HIV/AIDS virus. The first World AIDS Day was held in 1988 after health ministers from around the world met in London, England and agreed to such a day as a way of highlighting the enormity of the AIDS pandemic and nations’ responsibility to ensure universal treatment, care and support for people living with HIV/AIDS. The theme for World AIDS Day 1st December 2016 is ‘Hands Up for #HIV Prevention’.

According to the AIDS by the numbers 2016 report from UNAIDS, 1.1 million people worldwide died of AIDS-related illnesses in 2015. By the end of 2015, an estimated 36.7 million people around the world were living with HIV. We invite you to explore information and resources available to you on HIV/AIDS that may help you in your work and in your own acknowledgement of this pandemic as we pause to reflect on this special set-aside time.

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