What is World AIDS Day?
World AIDS Day is held on the 1st December each year and is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died. World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day, held for the first time in 1988.
Why is World AIDS Day important?
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.
Today, scientific advances have been made in HIV treatment, many countries have laws to protect people living with HIV and we understand so much more about the condition. Despite this, each year the number of people diagnosed with HIV continues to rise. People do not know the facts about how to protect themselves and others, and stigma and discrimination remain a reality for many people living with the condition.
World AIDS Day is important because it reminds the public and Government that HIV has not gone away – there is still a vital need to raise money, increase awareness, fight prejudice and improve education.
Our international mission at Central is Rachel’s Children’s Home. Rachel’s Home is a home for children orphaned by the scourge of HIV/AIDS in Lesotho. Lesotho, a tiny country in southern Africa, is one of the poorest nations on earth. It also has one of the highest rates of HIV infection in the World. Rachel’s Home is making a difference. Rachel’s Home provides a safe shelter, a loving Christian home and an education to children who would otherwise be lost in the chaos. Though it’s a tiny orphanage, it has graduated and sent four young women on to post secondary education. Both girls and boys receive the care and guidance they need to break the cycle of poverty and ignorance that feeds this crisis.
You can help us continue to support Hilda and Godwill and their efforts to help the children. To donate to Rachel’s Home, visit our Canada Helps page.
You can also help the wider effort to fight HIV/AIDS around the world, by visiting the World AIDS Day Site.