Protect children and adolescents and their families.

HIV/AIDS is hitting the world’s children and young people hardest. More than half of all new HIV infections are in people under the age of 25. Millions are growing up without parents or in households with sick and dying family members, with little or no access to education and health services, and without minimum nutrition. For girls this situation is exacerbated by factors such as trafficking, forced prostitution, rape, female circumcision and early marriage - all of which put girls at risk of contracting HIV.

Children affected by HIV/AIDS are part of the solution to the HIV/AIDS epidemic and, with their families and communities, can play a vital role in mitigating its impact. Massive action from communities, organisations and governments, is critical in closing the colossal gap between what has been done, and what needs to be done to protect children affected by HIV/AIDS.

International AIDS Conference

The International AIDS Conference is the premier gathering for those working in the field of HIV, as well as policy makers, persons living with HIV and other individuals committed to ending the pandemic. It is a chance to assess where we are, evaluate recent scientific developments and lessons learnt, and collectively chart a course forward.Between the 18th until the 23rd of July 2010 the International AIDS Conference is to be held in Vienna.Despite growing momentum over the past few years, significant challenges remain. It is now absolutely clear that stigma, discrimination and rights violations as well as punitive or misguided policies towards key populations most affected by HIV, are majo...

Communicate and fight

‘The greatest weapon in humanity’s armoury to contain this pandemic remains humanity’s most unique characteristic – communication.’ The Panos Institute The sheer numbers of people dying from AIDS today despite the efforts of governments and civil society demands a rethink in our responses to the epidemic. The world’s few success stories show that HIV prevention messages work only in a healthy communication environment, where people are free to talk openly about sex within and between communities. Programmes that support this and the development of local, active and organised civil society are more likely to work. Prominence must be given to solutions that focus as...

Hope for African Children Initiative

The Hope for African Children Initiative (HACI) is a pan-African effort created to address the enormous challenges faced by millions of African children who have either been orphaned by AIDS or live with parents who are sick or dying from AIDS-related illnesses. Established in 2000, this unique partnership brings together six organizations that share an international focus - Care, Plan, Save the Children, the Society for Women and AIDS in Africa, World Conference on Religion and Peace, and World Vision - working together to increase the capacity of local communities to provide support services to orphans and vulnerable children in Africa. Recently, NAP+ (Network of...

Lessons for Life

Lessons for life was the GMC’s one of the most successful campaigns. It was launched on the occasion of World AIDS Day (December 1) 2004 and continued through 2005 until 2006. Lesson for Life was a global effort to educate children about HIV/AIDS prevention and to spur them, their communities, and governments to accelerate action on behalf of children and young people affected by HIV/AIDS. In honour of World AIDS Day, children around the world drew on the GMC's internet-based resources to plan community-based discussions, plays, dramas, and writing that were designed to stimulate learning about HIV/AIDS and to explore ways to act on behalf of affected children. Lesson for Life's objectiv...

Think global act local!

This article is based on information from Stop Global Aids . Think Global Act Local! Campaigners all over the world are putting the importance of the global HIV/AIDS problem to the forefront of everybody’s minds. Politicians and leaders, in the North and South, have already committed themselves to helping prevent HIV/AIDS, but are they doing enough? Urgent action is needed to tackle the escalating deaths, illnesses and catastrophic effects of men, women and children infected with HIV/AIDS. Talking about reducing HIV/AIDS is not enough when there is a 13 billion dollar gap in funding needed to support HIV/AIDS programmes in countries in the South (2001), when ...

HIV-Positive Lives

‘HIV-Positive Lives’ (published under the title ‘Acercandonos’ in Spanish) presents the diverse stories of 28 individuals in 14 countries of Latin America and the Caribbean who are either living with HIV/AIDS or reaching out to those who do. Their personal stories reveal the deeply rooted stigma and prejudices surrounding HIV/AIDS, and their foundations in myths that perpetuate ignorance, indifference and fear. Yet these stories are for the most part positive - transitioning from times of profound crisis and loss into phases of recovery, hope and newly found purpose. The book begins with a Preface from the Executive Director of UNAIDS, and an overview of the HIV/AIDS ep...

Addressing the blockages to universal access to prevention, treatment, care and support for children affected by AIDS

At the 2006 UNGASS Review UN Member States will be evaluated on their performance on the DoC, utilizing UNAIDS Guidelines on Construction of Core Indicators issued in July 2005. The UK Working Group on Orphans and Vulnerable Children is particularly concerned with the implementation of Articles 65-67 which are meant to ensure special assistance for children orphaned and affected by HIV and AIDS and provide a means by which world leaders can be held accountable to a clear timetable of action for children affected by HIV and AIDS. Recommended additional paragraphs to be included in the Draft Political Declaration 27. Commit ourselves to intensify...
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