World AIDS Day
Every 1st December since 1988 is marked as World AIDS day, an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, showing their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died.
Globally there are an estimated 34 million people who have the virus. Despite the virus only being identified in 1984, more than 35 million people have died of HIV or AIDS, making it one of the most destructive pandemics in history.
Still, a lot has happened since the first World AIDS Day in 1988. Countries in which the topic was once taboo now offer testing and treatment. Mothers with HIV can have healthy babies and live to raise them. Drugs can keep the virus from spreading. More than 18 million people are on lifesaving anti-retroviral drugs that keep HIV in check. And now, scientists are talking about vaccines and a cure.
SCI is actively involved in raising awareness about AIDS , organizing workcamps on this topic. Right now two workcamp are coming to an end in Tanzania: one with the aim to work with the young population of Zanzibar island, using sports as a tool in the fight against HIV/AIDS and cultural activities organized in the community, with the purpose of learning and sharing experiences. While in the other participants of the project have been mobilizing and conducting free HIV counseling and testing , field visits to HIV/AIDS service providers, and organising blood donation events.
There are four upcomingworkcamps too take place in the next months focuing on AIDS prevention and sensibilization: one in Tanzania (January-February 2017), again using sports as a tool to fight AIDS, and three in Indonesia (February – March – April 2017), focusing on prevention of HIV and improving quality of life of the children living in an area populated mostly by sex workers, and raising awareness of people living nearby, so the children can be treated fairly and less discriminated.
During 2016 – 33 workcamps have been organized on the topic of AIDS , in Africa, Asia and Europe.