World Aids Day


WORLD AIDS DAY

Every December 1 when I hear its the annual World Aids Day I think of this photo and the morning of December 1, 2004 when I left my apartment in Nairobi, Kenya for breakfast and ran into these Masai women dancing and singing at the opening session of a World Aids Day conference at the nearby hotel. …and yes the majority of the participants were women.

There have been many advancements in the treatment and control of HIV and Aids in the west to the point where for many the disease is no longer a death sentence but a manageable chronic condition. But anti-retroviral drugs and treatments are slow to reach Africa despite the promises of Canada and other western nations to increase its aid and support in this area.

International aid agency Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) has led the world in the epidemiology and treatment of HIV/AIDS in Africa. There frontline reports are the latest and most accurate information on the current situation in Africa.

…and the government of Newfoundland and Labrador still does not have an infectious disease specialist on staff.

Few in Canada has done as much as Stephen Lewis and his foundation. Please consider supporting this organization.

One Comment

  1. Anonymous January 22, 2010 at 12:35 #

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