ADDIS ABABA, November 28, 2012/African Press Organization (APO)/ -- Theme: "Getting To Zero, HIV Free Generation in Africa is Possible"
INVITATION TO REPRESENTATIVES OF THE MEDIA
When: 1ST DECEMBER 2012
The event will comprise of the following activities to be organized from 30 November to 1st December 2012:
30st, November 2012: Launching of World AIDS Day commemorative activities;
The program will be as follows:
7.30 am to 11.00 am: Decoration of staff of the African Union Commission (AUC) with red ribbons as they enter the main gate in the presence of the AUC Chairperson or her representative.
On the same day, the AUC Medical Service Directorate (MSD) will conduct a condom and (Information-Education-Communication: IEC) campaign involving distribution of condoms and IEC materials for all people as they leave Congo hall during lunch time.
Slogan: "HIV Free Generation in Africa is Possible"
Where: African Union Headquarters, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Who: Organized by the Medical Services Directorate of the African Union Commission (AUC) in collaboration with partners dealing with HIV-AIDS issues.
Theme: Backed by the United Nations theme of "Getting to Zero" campaign which runs until 2015, the African Union Commission has chosen the theme "Getting to Zero: HIV- free Generation in Africa is possible". In line with this theme, this year's commemoration will focus on getting to zero with the youth and getting to zero at the AU workplace.
This underscores the importance of "Getting to zero", in terms of zero new HIV infections, zero discrimination and zero AIDS-related deaths.
Why: One of the key goals of the African Union AIDS response is the elimination of new HIV infections among children by 2015 and keeping their mothers alive.
i. To express solidarity in awareness raising efforts in line with the International Community while drawing attention to the most vulnerable groups in the African Continent; that is young people and women.
ii. To raise awareness among AUC/ African Embassy staff and their families in order to reduce HIV transmission to zero amongst them.
iii. To educate the target group on correct facts concerning HIV/AIDS to reduce stigma and discrimination and build their capacity for healthy relationships.
iv. To express solidarity with young people and AUC/ African Embassy staff and their families infected or affected by HIV/AIDS.
v. To remember those relatives, friends and colleagues that has succumbed to AIDS.
World AIDS Day is held on 1st, December each year and has been marked since 1988. It is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV/AIDS, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died from the disease.
The World AIDS Day commemoration is also dedicated to raising awareness on the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection.
HIV/AIDS remains one of the world's most significant public health challenges, particularly in Sub Saharan Africa where 2/3rd of those infected live. HIV and AIDS drastically affect labour, setting back economic and social progress. The vast majority of people living with HIV in Africa are between the ages of 15 and 49 - in the prime of their working lives.
Whilst people with HIV can live healthy and productive lives if they have access to antiretroviral treatment, fewer than half of Africans who need treatment are receiving it. Reducing stigma and discrimination, improving access to prevention and increasing access to treatment, will significantly lessen the impact of HIV on the continent.
Journalists are invited to cover all the activities. The agenda and program of event will be sent subsequently.
For Further Information consult the AU website: www.au.int
Source: African Union Commission (AUC)