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Social Work Today
E-Newsletter    January 2024
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Editor's E-Note

Communities Key to Eradicating AIDS

In recognition of World AIDs Day last month, the World Health Organization (WHO) tallied and honored the many ways communities have made a difference in the lives of people with AIDS. Celebrating their struggles and successes, WHO called for solidarity with these communities and pointed to the ongoing urgent need for continued funding for programs to ensure diagnoses and address prevention and treatment of HIV.

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WHO Celebrates the Role of Communities in Progress Against AIDS

For World AIDS Day, marked on December 1, the World Health Organization (WHO) joined international partners to acknowledge the resilience, dedication, and innovation exemplified by community leaders and organizations in the response to the HIV epidemic.

From fighting stigma and discrimination, to advocating for access to affordable interventions, and community led services that put people with lived experience at the center, communities have shaped the HIV response for decades.

“People living with or affected by HIV have left an indelible mark on the world with their activism,” says WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, PhD. “The affected communities who fought for tools to prevent, test, and treat HIV enabled 30 million people to access antiretroviral therapy, and helped to avert an unknowable number of infections. We stand together with communities to help end AIDS as a public health threat by 2030.”

Several decades of investments and learnings from the HIV epidemic have catalyzed broader advancements in global health and national health systems. The response to HIV strengthened health care systems and increased access to services beyond HIV testing and treatment. Investments and infrastructure from the HIV response enabled strong and swift responses to many diseases including COVID-19 and mpox.

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