Together, we are the solution
INTERNATIONAL AIDS MEMORIAL DAY
KUALA LUMPUR, 25 April 2009 - The theme for the 2009 International AIDS Memorial Day, "Together, We Are the Solution," is aimed at promoting both global solidarity and resolution to the problem of AIDS, and that only when we work in partnership together, can we see change.
In its AIDS Outlook 2009 report, the Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) reported that there is a global stabilisation of HIV: fewer people were infected with the virus in 2007 with estimates declining to 2.7 million compared to 3 million in 2001.
This includes the decline in the number of children newly infected with HIV, from 450,000 in 2000 to 370,000 in 2007 owing largely to expanded coverage of prevention of mother-to-child HIV transmission (PMTCT) programs. Additionally, fewer people are dying of AIDS due to the accessibility of life-saving treatment and drugs in the developing world.
"The Report offers a flame of hope that the destructive path charted by HIV since it first came to light in the early 1980s is in fact reversible," says UNICEF Representative to Malaysia Mr. Youssouf Oomar, who is also UNICEF's Special Representative to Brunei.
"We don’t have to tolerate the loss of millions of lives," adds Mr. Youssouf. "We also don’t have to accept setbacks in our hard-earned development gains around child and maternal mortality, and a widening gap between the rich and poor, all of which can undermine social and economic security."
Change is possible with the mobilisation of entire societies to enable a community-led transformation of norms, values and practices that fuel this epidemic.
Through leadership and participation of all levels of society – from government leaders to civil society activists, faith-based groups to community-based organisations, corporate moguls to media professionals, we can save lives, protect our collective futures and ensure an AIDS-free generation.
While International AIDS Memorial Day (IAMD) is tinged with sadness in remembering all those lost to AIDS, it need not be a day stained with futility. Instead, we can mark this day with HOPE – by battling the debilitating disease of stigma and improving the lives of the many men, women and children living with HIV and AIDS. As an alternative to responses scarred by denial, dread, denunciation and discrimination, we can shape our actions to one of courage, creativity, care and compassion.
IAMD provides us the opportunity to be energised by the courage of mothers and fathers living with HIV, the determination of activists and the responsive leaders everywhere, to rededicate ourselves to making our world safe and fit for children.
Together, with a common mission and purpose, we are our children’s solution.
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