Saturday, December 1, 2012
World AIDS Day, marked each year on December 1st, presents an opportunity to bring together people from around the world to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS and demonstrate international solidarity in the face of the pandemic. World AIDS Day allows 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.
The World Health Organization has announced that between 2011-2015, World AIDS Days will have the theme of "Getting to zero: zero new HIV infections. Zero discrimination. Zero AIDS related deaths." It says that the World AIDS Campaign focus on "Zero AIDS related deaths" will signify a push towards universal access to treatment. It is also a call to honor promises like the Abuja declaration and for African governments to hit targets for domestic spending on health and HIV.