World AIDS Day 2011
“Momentum is on our side. Let us use it to end AIDS – once and for all.” – Ban Ki-Moon, United Nations (UN) Secretary General, December 1, 2011
The UN reports that the number of new HIV infections has fallen by more than 20 percent since 1997, and that treatment has prevented 2.5 million AIDS-related deaths since 1985. The incidence of HIV has decreased in 22 sub-Saharan African countries. We must celebrate all of these accomplishments and recognize that it is thanks to strong prevention, treatment, care and support programs and the financial resources to make it all happen (Read full UN statement).
Yet HIV/AIDS does continue to kill. Farmers, teachers, health workers, mothers, fathers and children die every day. Stigma, discrimination and lack of access to services and the proper legal structures exacerbate the epidemic (Read the 2010 UNAIDS Report on the Global AIDS Epidemic).
The Hunger Project is in a unique position to make a difference. We have experience in mobilizing the courageous grassroots-level leadership willing and able to confront the gender issues fueling the spread of the disease. We work to empower local volunteer leaders with information, training and materials to go out and educate their communities. We then connect these rural leaders with local and national governments and other partner organizations to implement life-saving HIV/AIDS programs.
What We Do
- HIV/AIDS and Gender Inequality Workshops. In response to the HIV/AIDS pandemic in Africa, in 2003 THP launched HIV/AIDS and Gender Inequality Workshops to empower grassroots people to transform the conditions that have perpetuated HIV/AIDS. To date, more than 980,000 people have attended these workshops.
- Access to HIV/AIDS testing and treatments. In addition to generating awareness about the root causes of HIV/AIDS infections, mobile voluntary counseling and testing (VCT) services are offered in partner villages. Some of our epicenters in Malawi also partner with government to provide communities with access to antiretroviral treatments.
- Microfinance Program for People Living with HIV/AIDS. In Malawi, a special Microfinance Program aims specifically at empowering often ostracized HIV-positive partners. While many NGOs do not provide loans to HIV-positive people out of fear that they will die before loans are repaid, THP acts differently. THP believes that all people have the right to access resources that can help them live better and more independent lives. With access to loans, people living with HIV/AIDS can, and do, improve their lives.
- Female condom distribution. Women in Malawi are empowered to take control of their sexual and reproductive health with the distribution of female condoms at epicenter health centers.
- Read about the day's events in Senegal, Uganda and Ghana
- Health Partnership Provides Free HIV Screening in Burkina Faso
- News article: THP-Senegal Invites People to Voluntary HIV Testing [French language]
- Uganda Works to Halt the Spread of HIV/AIDS
- HIV-positive Partner Builds a Home and Provides for Her Family
- Blog: 2011 MDG Report: HIV Infections, Malaria and Tuberculosis on the Decline
- Blog:The Importance of Scaling-up HIV/AIDS Awareness
Join THP in providing HIV/AIDS education and access to treatment and support for our communities. Invest now to empower grassroots people to transform the conditions that have led to the spread of HIV/AIDS.