Date: 1 December
Organized By:UN, WHO
Categories:General Knowledge, Day-Week-Year-Importance
Suggested For: Bank Exams, Civil Services Exam, MBA Exams, UPSC Exams, SSC Exams
World AIDS Day is observed annually on 1 December to focus on issues surrounding HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) and AIDS (acquired immune deficiency syndrome). Also this Day is dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection.
World AIDS day was first conceived in August 1987 by James W. Bunn and Thomas Netter, two public information officers for the Global Program on AIDS at the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland. World AIDS Day was first observed on 1 December 1988.
The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) became operational in 1996, and it took over the planning and promotion of World AIDS Day. World AIDS Campaign became an independent organization in 2004.
This Day is observed every year with a theme chosen by World AIDS Campaign’s Global Steering Committee after extensive consultation with people, organizations and government agencies involved in the prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS.
World AIDS Day is one of eight official global public health campaigns marked by the World Health Organization (WHO), along with World Health Day, World Blood Donor Day, World Immunization Week, World Tuberculosis Day, World No Tobacco Day, World Malaria Day, and World Hepatitis Day.
This day is observed to give more knowledge and understanding about HIV/AIDS. By this knowledge (how HIV is transmitted, how it can be prevented, and the reality of living with HIV today) one can take care of their own health and the health of others, and ensure to treat everyone living with HIV fairly, and with respect and understanding.
Actions and Programs
World AIDS Day is observed by Governments, health officials, government and non government organizations, institutes, and workers with different programs. Some of the programs include speeches, rallies, meetings, forums, discussions, workshops, etc.
On this day people wear red ribbon which is an international symbol of AIDS awareness to demonstrate care and concern about HIV and AIDS as well as to remind others of the need for their support and commitment. The red ribbon is a symbol of awareness, solidarity and a reminder of those we have lost.
A campaign called Getting to Zero was started in the year 2011 focusing on achieving 3 targets: Zero new HIV infections, Zero discrimination and Zero AIDS-related deaths.
2016: Hands up for #HIVprevension
2015: On the fast track to end AIDS
2014: Close the Gap
2013: Zero Descrimination
2012: Together we will end AIDS
2011: Getting to Zero
2010: Universal Access & Human Rights
2009: Universal Access and Human Rights
2008: Stop AIDS. Keep the Promise – Lead – Empower – Deliver
2007: Stop AIDS. Keep the Promise – Leadership
2006: Stop AIDS. Keep the Promise – Accountability
2005: Stop AIDS. Keep the Promise
2004: Women, Girls, HIV and AIDS
2002: Stigma and Discrimination
2001: I Care. Do you?
2000: AIDS: Men Make a Difference
1999: Listen, Learn, Live: World AIDS Campaign with Children & Young People
1998: Force for Change: World AIDS Campaign With Young People
1997: Children Living in a World with AIDS
1996: One World. One Hope
1995: Shared Rights, Shared Responsibilities
1994: AIDS and the Family
1992: Community Coomitment
1991: Sharing the Challenge
1990: Women and AIDS