In 1987, the World Health Organization (WHO) dedicated December 1st to raising awareness of HIV and the AIDS pandemic. The first World AIDS Day was held in 1988. For the 22nd time this year, World AIDS Day will be held on 1st December 2010.
Did you know that...
- 2.7 million people were newly infected with HIV worldwide in 2008.
- 2 million people died of AIDS-related illnesses worldwide in 2008.
- 2.1 million children were living with HIV worldwide at the end of 2008.
- 33.4 million people were living with HIV worldwide in 2008.
- Over 1000 children were newly infected with HIV per day worldwide in 2008.
- 5.4 million people worldwide between the ages of 15 and 24 are living with HIV
Because of this, it is even more important that we raise awareness among the general public about this condition.
Some ideas for your campaigns of this year:
- Raise awareness with red ribbons.
- Raise money on behalf of your local AIDS fund.
- Build a huge human red ribbon
- Organize a charity run
Be creative! Think outside the box and bring your ideas to life!
In order to facilitate future campaigns and also to share the successes of campaigns by fellow colleagues around the world, we have a newly launched homepage at http://aids.ipsf.org. Please visit our homepage to learn more!
For further information and ideas on how to run your own campaign, please refer to the database.
For additional facts and information, please refer to the following websites:
If you have any questions or ideas on how to improve the IPSF HIV/AIDS Awareness Campaign, please do not hesitate to contact the HIV/AIDS Awareness Campaign Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.