We have some news to celebrate as we head towards the end of the decade: we just learned that Africa is leading globally in terms of declining HIV infection rates, which are down about 20% from 1999 according to UNAIDS. Moreover, improved access to treatment means that deaths from HIV/AIDS are falling, helping to keep communities thriving – keeping parents alive and often able to work so that they can send their children to school. Some fast facts:
A few encouraging facts:
As of 2009, Nearly 4 million people in sub-Saharan Africa are now receiving retroviral treatments
In 2003 490,000 children died from HIV/AIDS compared to 280,000 in 2007.
Earlier this year it was announced by UNAIDS that Africa now leads the world in declining rates of new infections
Despite these massive successes, politicians around the world are expressing doubt that such aid delivers results. So I hope you’ll join me in setting the record straight by hosting a Living Proof evening in December.
Along with a DVD of Bill and Melinda Gates’ presentation at the launch of Living Proof in London, we’ll send you some resources on how to have the perfect Living Proof event. We’ve got suggestions on conversation and follow-up actions you can take to make sure you are keeping the pressure up!
After the event, we’d love some feedback from you on how it went, and hopefully a picture of the group. But, for right now, please take the first steps: sign up and invite your friends over.
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