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World AIDS Day 2019 Theme

World Aids day is one of the most important awareness days which is related to our health. Every year World Aids Day is celebrated on the 1st of December to raise awareness about AIDS (Acquired Immuno Deficiency Syndrome) which is a pandemic disease caused due to HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) infection. It is an opportunity for the whole world to unite and fight against HIV and show love and support for the people who are facing HIV disease.

World AIDS Day is one of the eight official global health campaigns which is marked by the World Health Organizations (WHO), World Blood Donor Day, World Hepatitis Day, World Immunization Week, World Tuberculosis Day, World No Tobacco Day, World Malaria Day, and World Health Day.

What is the theme of World AIDS Day 2019?

Every year UNAIDS organizes different campaign which focuses on a specific theme which draws our attention towards AIDS. This year the theme of World AIDS Day 2019 is “Communities makes the difference”. The last year 2018 theme of World AIDS Day is “Know your status”.

The main objective of this theme is to recognize the role of communities play to spread awareness at the international and national levels. Communities contribute in many different ways by keeping people at the center and leaving no one behind in which communities include people living with or affected by HIV, women and young people, community’s health workers, peer education, door to door service provider, organizations like civil society and grassroots activists.

From 2005 to 2010 there was the same theme “Stop AIDS, Keep the Promise” decided to encourage the political leaders to achieve universal access to HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment, care, and support till 2010.

You can also Read: Theme of World Hepatitis Day 2019

History of World AIDS Day

First World AIDS Day was observed in August 1987 “James W. Bunn and Thomas Netter” by the two public information officers for the Global Programme on AIDS at World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland. They both shared the idea to Dr. Jonathan Mann, Director of the Global Programme on AIDS (which is now known as UNAIDS). Dr. Mann liked and approved the concept with the recommendation of the first World AIDS Day observance should be on 1st December 1988.

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Logo of UNAIDS

In 1996, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) became operational and started the planning and promotions of World AIDS Day. Besides the focus on a single day in 1997, the UNAIDS created a different campaign on World AIDS Day to focus the whole year on education, communication, and prevention and in 2004 the campaign of the World AIDS day became an independent organization.

 Importance of World AIDS Day

World AIDS Day is important as it reminds the public and government that HIV is an important health issue and still there is a need to raise awareness, money to fight prejudice and education. AIDS is one of the global health issues recorded in our history. As per the statistics of 2017, 28.7 million people and 41.5 million people worldwide are died due to AIDS and an estimate of 36 million people are living with HIV also in the UK, 101,600 people are living with HIV.

According to recent access to antiretroviral treatment in many regions of the world, the death rate has been reduced, as per the data 1 million in 2006 compared to last in 2005 1.9 million death is recorded

Image Source: World AIDS Day

Campaign of World AIDS Day

On this World AIDS Day take a stand to stop HIV related stigma and help to end the loneliness and isolation of many people who are facing or living with HIV. This year’s Campaign is “Rock the Ribbon Together”. Red Ribbon not only suits your outfit but has the power to show love to the families of HIV.

How to celebrate World AIDS Day?

It is a day to show solidarity to the millions of people by wearing a “Red Ribbon” (HIV awareness ribbon) on World AIDS Day or you can visit one of thrown by organizations, NGOs and other private companies. For many organizations, December is celebrated as World AIDS Day month.

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Importance of Red Ribbon

The Red Ribbon is a universal symbol for the World AIDS Day, it is a symbol of love and support to the people who are suffering or living with HIV and concern for the people who lost their lives due to AIDS. Wearing Red Ribbon on World AIDS Day is a great way to spread awareness on World AIDS Day.

Swikriti Dandotia

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