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[afro-nets] International AIDS Candlelight Memorial: Sunday 21 May 2006
- From: "Brian Pazvakavambwa" <email@example.com>
- Date: Thu, 18 May 2006 06:19:49 -0700 (PDT)
International AIDS Candlelight Memorial: Sunday 21 May 2006
COMMUNITIES AROUND THE WORLD UNITE FOR INTERNATIONAL AIDS CANDLELIGHT MEMORIAL
WASHINGTON, DC ? Communities in over 100 countries around the world are
preparing for the 2006 International AIDS Candlelight Memorial on May
21st, a program of the Global Health Council. The Candlelight Memorial
is among the largest and oldest grassroots mobilization campaigns for
HIV/AIDS awareness in the world.
Now in its 23rd year, the Candlelight has become more than just a
memorial to commemorate the lives lost to AIDS. The Candlelight
provides opportunities to educate people about HIV/AIDS; inform
policymakers about steps to take in stopping the disease; and create
community dialogue about prevention, care and treatment. This year?s
Candlelight also provides an opportunity civil society with a platform
to make their voices heard as governments prepare to attend a United
Nations review of global AIDS progress at the New York City
headquarters later this month.
?I am happy about this program because it gives support to those who
could not get it,? says Miss HIV Stigma Free of Botswana Cynthia
Leshomo, an activist and coordinator of the memorial in her country.
In Botswana, approximately half of all pregnant women in their mid to
late twenties are HIV positive, according to a recent AIDS pandemic
update by UNAIDS.
In just three decades, HIV/AIDS has killed more than 25 million people
across the globe. Although we know how to prevent and treat HIV/AIDS,
five million new infections occur every year, and there is still no
Memorials are planned in every region of the world and led by more than
800 volunteer community coordinators working with the Global Health
Council to commemorate the day.
?Stopping HIV/AIDS cannot be left in the hands of government officials
and health care professionals alone,? said Dr. Nils Daulaire, president
of the Global Health Council. ?Saving lives and keeping communities
healthy demands the involvement of concerned global citizens no matter
where they live in the world.?
An online, electronic candlelight campaign and a postcard campaign
urging President Bush to double spending on the global AIDS pandemic
also are part of the Candlelight Memorial activities sponsored by the
Global Health Council.
To learn more about Candlelight and how to get involved, visit
The Global Health Council is the world?s largest membership alliance
dedicated to saving lives by improving health throughout the world.
The Council serves and represents thousands of public health
professionals from over 100 countries on six continents.