Ending AIDS Begins With Africa

Can AIDS be eliminated in our lifetime? US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton thinks so. Just in time for World AIDS Day, December 1, Secretary Clinton has unveiled a blueprint for creating an AIDS-free generation. Its success depends largely on achievements in Sub Saharan Africa, which has two-thirds of the worlds 34 million people living with AIDS. HIV and AIDS are an important focus of the work of Aid for Africa.

A decade ago hardly anyone in Sub Saharan Africa received treatment for HIV. Last year more than 8 million people received antiretroviral drugs. The blueprint calls for a strategy that increases the number of HIV-positive people in treatment, circumcising men in countries that have high levels of infection, and treating all HIV-positive pregnant women. Eventually, this would reduce the number of new HIV infections to a level below the number of ongoing infections and lead to an AIDS-free generation. The United States is spending millions of dollars throughout Sub Saharan Africa to deliver treatment and prevention to this end.

Aid for Africa members deal with the realities of HIV and AIDS every day. Many are working to provide treatment and prevention. Others are working to support children made vulnerable by the AIDS pandemic. The United Nations estimates that more than 15 million children have lost a parent to AIDS. Many of these children live with their extended families, which can barely support their own children. In South Africa, African Solutions to African Problems (ASAP) supports local community day-care centers, which are run by local women, where orphaned and vulnerable children receive proper nutrition, healthcare, schooling, and psychological support. Through ASAP, some 13,000 children have received support and more than 700 women have received on-going training to build their expertise in all areas of their work, including project management and financial oversight.

Read more about how Aid for Africa members are working to make a difference in the fight against HIV/AIDS in Sub Saharan Africa.

Aid for Africa is an alliance of 85 U.S.-based nonprofits and their African partners who help children, families and communities throughout Sub-Saharan Africa. Aid for Africas grassroots programs focus on health, education, economic development, arts & culture, conservation, and wildlife protection in Africa.

 

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35 comments

Zook L.
Past Member 9 months ago

It's a shamed and luck of knowing the truth that the title of this article starts with "Ending Aids begins with Africa "
Aids was introduced to Africa by western scientists as a test on people through vaccination,back in the late and mid 70's.heart breaking as the world looks at AFRICA as the Motherland of aids

Bryna Pizzo
Bryna Pizzo2 years ago

Thank you! (P,T)

Anna M.
Anna M.3 years ago

and finally something pleasant!!! hope they make it!!!

Patricia H.
Patricia H.3 years ago

interesting, thanks for posting

Winn Adams
Winn Adams3 years ago

Thanks

John B.
John B.3 years ago

Thanks for sharing the informative article and the link to Aid For Africa.

Ben Oscarsito
Ben Oscarsito3 years ago

Today, December 10, it's International Human Rights Day!
http://www.un.org/en/events/humanrightsday/

Руслан .
Руслан .3 years ago

Да, уж. эти проблемы давно можно было решить. Вот что интересно! есть деньги на поиск другой подходящей для жизни планеты а нет денег решить проблему на своей родной земле?

Danuta Watola
Danuta Watola3 years ago

Interesting article.

Nils Lunde

Thanks