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World AIDS Day 1 December, 2011-13

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World Aids Day Statement – PDF

“Even in a very difficult financial crisis, countries are delivering results in the AIDS response.” said Michel Sidibé, Executive Director of UNAIDS. “We have seen a massive scale up in access to HIV treatment which has had a dramatic effect on the lives of people everywhere.”

HIV/AIDS workshop participants in UgandaAll people, regardless of HIV/AIDS status, have the right to be treated with dignity and respect. They must have the right to protect themselves from the virus and have access to treatment if infected.

Discriminatory practices – which put people at risk from contracting HIV, prevent them from accessing medical care, and prohibit them from living full and meaningful lives – must end.

As set forth in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, all human beings “are born free and equal in dignity and rights” and have the right to a standard of living adequate for their health and well-being.

The Hunger Project’s integrated development approach, which includes our response to HIV/AIDS, is based on a fundamental regard for human rights.

World AIDS Day & The Hunger Project

World Aids Day 2011 | Getting to ZeroThe Hunger Project’s HIV/AIDS and Gender Inequality Workshop, given in eight African countries, is based on the belief that all people have the right to decide with whom, when and whether to have sex, as well as the right to have accurate information and tools to protect themselves.

To date, over 980,000 grassroots people have taken this workshop. More about our HIV/AIDS initiatives, designed to halt the spread of the disease.

This approach is yielding positive results. For example, in Malawi, an external impact assessment shows that in communities where The Hunger Project works, there has been marked increase in the demand for female condoms (31,964 were distributed to 7,962 people in the last year), as well as a significant increase in the number of people seeking testing.

Most importantly, the rate of people testing positive has decreased significantly, and those rates are now lower than the national HIV prevalence rate.

Three of the seven epicentres in Malawi have now established antiretroviral treatment (ART) outreach centres for the government of Malawi’s free antiretroviral (ARV) medicines programme. In the last year, a total of 308 people (180 women, 80 men and 48 children) received life prolonging AIDS Burkina Health Screening HIV/AIDSdrugs. The project is further promoting home-based care services, impact mitigation, and access to microfinance for HIV-positive people and capacity building within community-based organisations (CBOs) to manage the impact of HIV and AIDS.

The Hunger Project’s unique Microfinance Programme for People Living with HIV/AIDS is another example of a successful rights-based approach. While many NGOs do not provide loans to HIV-positive people out of fear that they will die before loans are repaid, The Hunger Project acts differently.

The Hunger Project believes that all people have the right to access resources that can help them live better and more independent lives.

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With access to loans, people living with HIV/AIDS can, and do, improve their lives. For example, Meliya Mwambucha was an HIV-positive widow with no source of income, who, before becoming involved with The Hunger Project, tried in vain to get a loan to start a small business.

She was finally able to receive a loan from The Hunger Project. Now, she has a successful business, has repaid her loan, and most importantly, has improved her health. Prior to starting her business, she weighed 84 pounds; now she weighs a robust 154 pounds!

Meliya comments “It’s like The Hunger Project has resurrected me from the grave. I was dying and I am now revived.

Red Ribbon | World Aids Day | The Red RibbonOn World AIDS Day, The Hunger Project calls on the entire world community to take concrete actions to ensure that all people have the right to protect themselves from HIV and access to treatment if infected. Individuals can support organisations which seek to address HIV/AIDS through a rights-based approach.

Governments must put into place and enforce policies to empower at-risk groups, especially women and girls, so that they can protect themselves from contracting the virus. In addition, policies must be implemented to ensure universal access to treatment and care for people who are HIV-positive, as well as access to all other benefits citizens enjoy.

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