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Alliance World AIDS Day activities


World AIDS Day procession with torches

Today, on the 22nd World AIDS Day, the Alliance has been marking the successes and challenges of the HIV response. Here’s a taster of Alliance activities around the world.

In Kenya

In the run up to World AIDS Day a mobile HIV testing clinic has been traveling through three districts of Kenya: Nairobi, Kajiado North and Machakos. It is expected to reach 3,000 people by World AIDS Day today with information and voluntary counselling and testing.

Yesterday (30 November) Alliance linking organisation, KANCO, held a breakfast briefing with policy makers to raise the profile of the double burden of TB/HIV co-infection, and advocate for the rapid scale up of integrated services.

Today a ‘Youth Extravaganza’ is taking place in Kajiado North. Music, dance and drama is being used to reach out to the general population as well as key populations such as sex workers to provide info on HIV and TB and encourage HIV testing and promote less risky behaviour.

In Brussels, Belgium

Robinson Cabello, Executive Director of Alliance linking organisation Via Libre in Peru was one of the speakers at a Parliamentary hearing on AIDS and human rights today at the European Parliament. This event was organised at the Human Rights Sub-committee of the European Parliament with support of the Stop AIDS Alliance.

Robinson explained the key issues of Latin America and Caribbean HIV epidemic and highlighted the dramatic situation of hatred crimes against key populations especially transgender people. Robinson ended his speech encouraging the European parliamentarians to keep supporting financially the Global Fund and and asking to include in their regular human rights monitoring mechanisms the populations most affected by the HIV AIDS epidemic.

Also in Brussels today commuters at 12 metro stations will be handed out red ribbons and information to raise awareness among the general public. In the evening Central Station will be lit up as a backdrop to the Lights for Rights event, including a DJ, bar, expo, fire eaters and more.

Find the full list of events in Brussels here.

In Burundi

Alliance linking organisation, ABS, is part of the committee involved in national level preparations for World AIDS Day. These include sport and cultural activities arranged by groups including youth organisations and people living with HIV, to raise awareness of human rights and universal access.

ABS is part of the Executive Committee of the National Council Against AIDS and will be participating in the general assembly meeting of the national council.

In Ecuador

Alliance linking organisation Corporacion Kimirina has been raising awareness of the issues affecting people most at risk of HIV infection. This has included holding a forum for journalists on the human trafficking, discussing greater participation of people living with HIV in policy arenas, and at the General Assembly.

In London, UK

The first Commonwealth World AIDS Day lecture took place last night given by Justice AP Shah who decriminalised homosexuality in Delhi, India. The lecture coincided with the launch of the Alliance’s new report Enabling legal environments for effective HIV responses.

Watch a video from the event here.

Today on World AIDS Day, Alvaro Bermejo, Executive Director of the Alliance, is participating in a seminar at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine which will preview a forthcoming AIDS2031 book which examines the pandemic’s possible progress according to a variety of scenarios. We will be reporting on the event, sign up to our news RSS feed for this and other Alliance news.

In Côte d'Ivoire

World AIDS Day will take place on 15 December in Côte d'Ivoire because of the presidential election held on 28 November. Alliance Côte d'Ivoire will continue its World AIDS Day tradition of holding a community village with activities and presentations hosted by its implementing partners.