Commemoration of 24th World AIDS Day, 1 December, 2012
Dec. 1, 2012
World AIDS Day on 1 December brings together people from around the world to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS and demonstrate international solidarity in the face of the pandemic. The World Health Organization recognizes the day as an opportunity for public and private partners to spread awareness about the status of the pandemic and encourage progress in HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment and care in high prevalence countries and around the world.
December 1, World AIDS Day has become one of the most recognized international health days to increase awareness, fight against the prejudices, and to mobilize community at grassroots level in the global fight against HIV/AIDS.
Ever since the disease was first discovered in 1981, more than 25 million people have died so far. Approximately 34 million people are living with HIV/AIDS according to UNAIDS 2011 statistics.
Although India has reported a 50% decline in new HIV infection in the last 10 years, the vast landmass and huge population of India makes it the world’s third largest country living with HIV/AIDS infection.
The Tibetan refugee population living in India falls under high risk categories due to high mobility, poverty and lack of access to proper healthcare facilities. According to the Central Tibetan Administration’s (CTA) Demographic survey of Tibetans in Exile 2009, HIV/AIDS is one of the 15 leading causes of death in the Tibetan exile community.
To mark World AIDS Day 2012, a day-long awareness program will be held in McLeod Ganj with the theme — Getting Zero: ZERO NEW INFECTION, ZERO DISCRIMINATION and ZERO AIDS RELATED DEATHS. CHOICE—HIV/AIDS Initiative, along with the Students For a Free Tibet –India, Regional Tibetan Youth Congress and Regional Tibetan Women’s Association Dharamshala will be organising the campaign.
I. 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. : HIV/AIDS Awareness Campaign at McLeod Ganj square
II. 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. : Movie Screening and Discussion at TCV Day School, McLeod Ganj