2011 World AIDS Day: Getting to Zero
2011 World AIDS Day: Getting to Zero
World AIDS Day December 1st The UU-UNO’s Every Child is Our Child (ECOC) Program works with children in Ghana who have lost one or both parents to HIV/AIDS. The ECOC provides health care and opportunities to education for these AIDS-orphaned children. On World AIDS Day we assess where Ghana falls globally in the fight against HIV/AIDS. The 2011 UN General Assembly’s Political Declaration on HIV/AIDS: Intensifying Our Efforts to Eliminate HIV/AIDS, served as a springboard for this year’s “Getting to Zero” campaign, which launches this year on World AIDS Day. A general summary of the “Getting to Zero” campaign goals can be found here. The World AIDS Day Report of 2011 outlines a plan of action based largely on the UN General Assembly’s political declaration. This report shows that:
  • AIDS-related mortality has globally decreased in both adults and children
  • Between 1997-2010, the annual rate of new HIV infections fell by 21% worldwide, and by 26% in Sub-Saharan Africa
  • In 2010, 68% of all individuals with the virus lived in Sub-Saharan Africa, while only 12% of the world’s population is concentrated in this region
  • Studies indicate that much of the decline in the transmission of HIV in Ghana, primarily to children, is due to greater access to antiretroviral (ART) treatment therapy for pregnant women
  • Ghana is one of the 22 priority countries in the Global Plan for the distribution of treatment regimens.  Even so, the coverage of pregnant women living with HIV who are receiving effective antiretroviral regimens is still only between 40-79%, as of 2010 figures.  This affects not only transmission, but also potential mortality rates.
We can see that the fight against HIV/AIDS is headed in the right direction, but there is still a lot of work to do! One of the most effective ways to fight the spread of HIV/AIDS is to increase access to education, especially for girls. In honor of World AIDS DAY,  please donate to the ECOC Program today by clicking here. Together we can create an AIDS free future!

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