WORLD AIDS DAY BACKGROUND
World AIDS Day is commemorated on 1 December each year. It is a day specifically set aside to raise awareness, commemorate those who have passed on, call for action in the national response to HIV and celebrate successes which have been achieved in accessing HIV prevention and management services.
In Zimbabwe the campaign is coordinated by NAC in multi sectoral approach with the hosting of the event done on Provincial rotational basis.
The Global World AIDS Campaign theme was localized to GLOBAL SOLIDARITY SHARED RESPONSIBILITY ENDING AIDS BY 2030.
01 December 2020
HOSTING OF WAC
This year the WAC is being coordinated and hosted by NAC HQ office.
Harare International Conference Centre
The event will be attended by invited guests only. The attendance will strictly be by invitation to comply with COVID-19 prevention and management guidelines and policies.
PRE LAUNCH ACTIVITY
The organization coordinated World AIDS Campaign pre launch activities which were mainly virtual in line with COVID-19 prevention and management guidelines and policies. The following activities are being conducted upto 1 December 2020.
WAD Logo and Theme Song
The WAD logo and Theme song was launched on the 24th of November 2020 during a livestreamed webinar press conference on NAC, Heart and Soul social media platforms
Webinar Live Streaming
The organization is coordinating daily webinar live streaming events from the 24th – 30 November 2020. The webinars are being livestreamed from 1430-1530 daily on NAC and Heart and Soul social media platform with panelists and discussion topics being drawn from various HIV and AIDS sectors.
Arts Live Streaming
The organization coordinated the recording of various acts by the ARTS industry with technical support from National Arts Council. The acts include music, dance, drama, spoken word and virtual arts. The recorded acts will be live streamed on NAC and Heart and Soul social media platforms from 27th November 2020 to 1 December 2020. The live streaming will be from 1900-2000hrs
Maputo — The Executive Secretary of Mozambique’s National AIDS Council (CNCS), Francisco Mbofana, warned on Monday that, despite the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, the health authorities and the public at large must step up the campaigns against HIV/AIDS.
“Not much is said about AIDS nowadays, but we are continuing to fight against it”, said Mbofana, in a meeting held in Maputo as part of the preparations for drawing up a new national strategic plan to respond to HIV/AIDS.
“We have several teams undertaking activities to prevent the spread of Covid-19, but at the same time they are carrying messages about AIDS, and distributing condoms to the public”, he added.
Mbofana said that, although there has been a considerable reduction in the number of people infected with HIV, Mozambique remains one of the ten countries most affected by the HIV/AIDS epidemic, and it is estimated that over 100 people still die every day from AIDS-related causes.
“The data still show that we have work ahead of us”, he continued. “We have reduced the number of new infections, but not to the level we would like. Our goal is to ensure that there are zero infections”.
To avoid exposing HIV-positive people to infection by Covid-19, hospitals have improved their capacity to distribute anti-retroviral medicines, the drugs which prolong the lives of HUIV-positive people, by hindering the multiplication of the virus, and preventing a fatal weakening of the immune system.
To make social distancing easier, and to avoid causing crowds of patients queuing up for their medicines, hospitals are now giving each HIV-positive patient supplies of anti-retroviral drugs that will last for three or six months, Mbofala sais.
“This is one of the good results that Covid-19 has forced us to achieve”, he added.
Out U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin is leading the call for Senate leadership to include federal funding for HIV/AIDS treatment, prevention and housing programs in the next COVID-19 pandemic response package to help continue providing services to people living with and at risk for HIV and AIDS.
Baldwin and her colleagues sent a letter urging Congressional leadership to include funding for the following programs in the next COVID-19 package:
• $500 million for HRSA’s Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program funding providers and community-based organizations on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic, including telehealth services, case management services, medications (prescription and over-the-counter), behavioral health services and access to basic necessities, such as food and shelter. Additional funding will also help people living with HIV and AIDS maintain access to care and treatment, meet new needs of people without health insurance; keep clinics open and providers employed, and prevent and contain the spread of COVID-19.
• $100 million for CDC’s Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention to support core HIV prevention activities, personnel to respond to COVID-19, HIV testing, pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) initiations and telehealth services at state and local health departments and community-based organizations.
$65 million for HUD’s Housing Opportunities for Persons With AIDS (HOPWA) program to support housing and rental assistance for people living with AIDS to promote the safety of clients, families, and the community.
• $58 million for CDC’s Infectious Disease and Opioid program and ending the ban on federal funding for syringe service programs.
In the letter — addressed to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer, Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Richard Shelbyand Senate Appropriations Committee Vice Chairman Patrick Leahy — Baldwin and her colleagues wrote: “This additional support for HIV/AIDS treatment, prevention and housing programs is critical for ensuring that we can respond to two different pandemics that have impacted millions of Americans. Thank you for your leadership in our nation’s response to COVID-19 as well as your long-standing support of people living with and at risk for HIV/AIDS.”
National stakeholders are supporting the senators’ letter include the HIV Medicine Association, AIDS Budget and Appropriations Coalition, National Alliance of State & Territorial AIDS Directors (NASTAD), and The AIDS Institute.
Senators signing today’s letter include Chris Van Hollen, Ron Wyden, Richard Blumenthal, Dick Durbin, Chris Coons, Dianne Feinstein, Kirsten Gillibrand, Jeff Merkley, Sherrod Brown, Cory Booker, Kamala D. Harris, Bob Menendez, Edward Markey, Jacky Rosen, Catherine Cortez-Masto, Tina Smith, Tom Carper, Amy Klobuchar and Elizabeth Warren.
— Tammye Nash
The Zimbabwe’s COVID-19 confirmed cases has risen to 320 after recording 6 new cases today who are all returnees from South Africa and are all in isolation. 3 new recoveries has been recorded today according to Ministry of Health and Child Care circular of today.
Zimbabwe’s COVID-19 confirmed cases are now at 282 after 3 new cases were recorded yesterday who are all returnees from South Africa. The country now has 34 recoveries and 4 deaths.
GENEVA, 2 June 2020—UNAIDS congratulates Quarraisha Abdool Karim, the Associate Scientific Director of the Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa (CAPRISA), for being awarded the prestigious Christophe Mérieux Prize for 2020. Bestowed by the Christophe and Rodolphe Mérieux Foundation to support research into infectious diseases in developing countries, the award is chosen by the Institut de France, based on proposals from the foundation, and comes with a 500 000 euro prize to support further research.
“I am proud to congratulate Professor Quarraisha Abdool Karim, a vital member of the UNAIDS family, on this incredible achievement,” said Winnie Byanyima, Executive Director of UNAIDS. “This award recognizes the vital work that Professor Abdool Karim and her team have been doing over many years of the AIDS response. That work has led to a better understanding of what women and adolescent girls need to protect themselves against HIV, bringing hope for an AIDS-free generation.”
Professor Abdool Karim is one of the world’s leading AIDS researchers, with pioneering contributions in understanding the evolving HIV epidemic among young women while also advocating for the rights of people living with and affected by HIV. She has a long history of engagement with UNAIDS, is the UNAIDS Special Ambassador for Adolescents and HIV and is a Co-Chair of the UNAIDS Advisory Group, which is providing support to the UNAIDS Executive Director on the future of the AIDS response and the role of UNAIDS within it.
Professor Abdool Karim, who is a professor of clinical epidemiology, was the principal investigator in the landmark CAPRISA 004 tenofovir gel trial, which in 2010 provided proof of concept for microbicides as a tool for preventing HIV among women.
The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) leads and inspires the world to achieve its shared vision of zero new HIV infections, zero discrimination and zero AIDS-related deaths. UNAIDS unites the efforts of 11 UN organizations—UNHCR, UNICEF, WFP, UNDP, UNFPA, UNODC, UN Women, ILO, UNESCO, WHO and the World Bank—and works closely with global and national partners towards ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030 as part of the Sustainable Development Goals. Learn more at unaids.org and connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.