Emotion is the great motivator for people to donate. Nowhere is this more evident than through the compassion people share supporting chronic illnesses like Cancer, Diabetes, Alzheimer’s, Arthritis, mental health and many others. And when it gets close, it gets real! When it’s more “real”, we rally.
December 1st, World AIDS Day is our reminder that HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, remains as one of the world’s most serious health and development challenges. So why should anyone care about HIV and AIDS as a chronic illness? Does one have to be touched by its existence to help solve this global social and health issue? How close is real close?
One reason this cause resonates with me – our children and youth.
On October 6, 2015 the World Health Organization and the UNAIDS organization launched new standards to improve adolescent care. In their joint release they stated, “Adolescents form a unique group, rapidly developing both physically and emotionally but are often dependent on their parents or guardians. WHO and UNAIDS Global Standards for quality health-care services for adolescents recommend making services more “adolescent friendly”, providing free or low-cost consultations, and making medically accurate age-appropriate health information available…If we want to keep adolescents healthy, we have to treat them with respect,” says Dr Costello. “Adolescents are particularly vulnerable to certain health issues. The top three causes of death among adolescents are road traffic injuries, AIDS-related illnesses and suicide.”
Below are global statistics reported on the website AIDS.gov. I encourage you to visit the website(s) for more information. Become informed and consider lending your support.
“Adolescents are particularly vulnerable to certain health issues. The top three causes of death among adolescents are road traffic injuries, AIDS-related illnesses and suicide.”
- According to UNAIDS, there were approximately 36.7 million people worldwide living with HIV/AIDS at the end of 2015. Of these, 1.8 million were children.
- According to UNAIDS, an estimated 2.1 million individuals worldwide became newly infected with HIV in 2015. This includes 150,000 children.
- According to WHO, it is estimated that currently only 54% of people with HIV know their status. In 2014, approximately 150 million children and adults in 129 low- and middle-income countries received HIV testing services.
- The vast majority of people living with HIV are in low- and middle-income countries. According to WHO, sub-Saharan Africa is the most affected region, with 25.6 million people living with HIV in 2015. Sub-Saharan Africa accounts for two-thirds of the global total of new HIV infections.
- According to WHO, an estimated 35 million people have died from AIDS-related illnesses since the start of the epidemic, including 1.1 million in 2015.
- The HIV epidemic not only affects the health of individuals, it impacts households, communities, and the development and economic growth of nations. Many of the countries hardest hit by HIV also suffer from other infectious diseases, food insecurity, and other serious problems.
- According to UNAIDS, as of December 2015, 17 million people living with HIV were accessing antiretroviral therapy (ART) globally, up from 15.8 million in June 2015 and 7.5 million in 2010.
- Progress has been made in preventing mother-to-child transmission of HIV and keeping mothers alive. According to UNAIDS , in 2015, 77% of pregnant women living with HIV globally had access to antiretroviral medicines to prevent transmission of HIV to their babies; new HIV infections among children have declined by 50% since 2010.
(Disclaimer: Charitable by Choice has sourced the statistics above from the AIDS.gov website and is not responsible for the reporting data or its collection)
Two other websites for more information are:
World AIDS Day 2016 – Join the mailing list
Canadian AIDS Society – Donate to the cause online
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