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World AIDS Day 2012

12th December 2012

World AIDS Day is held every year on 1st December and provides an opportunity for people everywhere to come together in the fight against AIDS.

World AIDS Day started in 1988 and was the first every global health day. In 2012, the trademark ribbon can be seen on XFactor, Strictly Come Dancing contestants and hundreds of other celebrities alike.

On the night of the 30th November, the aid agency, Oxfam, issued a warning that approximately seven million HIV sufferers around the world are in danger as they cannot afford their treatment. Oxfam have released footage of Bill Nighy, an ambassador for the charity, visiting Malawi to highlight the issue in one of the poorest and worst affected areas in the world.

The Global Fund to support AIDS, TB and Malaria sufferers has fallen by £1billion, meaning that around 650,000 people in Malawi alone are without treatment. As Nighy commented, ‘So many people aren’t getting the medicines they need through no fault of their own, simply because they drew the short straw geographically. I met people who had been literally rescued from death by medicines which cost only 23 pence a day.’

The UK Government is committed to meeting its AIDS promises but it is imperative that other world leaders and international governments follow their lead, making the plight for AIDS even more prevalent today.

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