• World AIDS Day 2011

    On December 1, the Global Fund joins the global mobilization of all partners fighting HIV and AIDS in support of “Getting to Zero,” the World AIDS Day 2011 theme, which will run until 2015. This vision – to achieve “Zero new HIV infections. Zero discrimination. Zero AIDS-related deaths” – is crucial to the success of all our efforts to turn the tide against HIV.

    A cornerstone of the world’s achieving “zero new infections” is the prevention of HIV transmission from mothers to their babies. The virtual elimination of HIV transmission from mother to child by 2015 is another shared goal within this vision of “getting to zero”.  

    In support of this, on World AIDS Day one of the Global Fund’s main private sector partners, (RED), will light up architectural landmarks in major cities around the world as part of their campaign dedicated to creating the world’s first “AIDS-free generation” by 2015. These include New York’s Empire State Building, Stock Exchange and screens in Times Square, the Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge, the London Eye, Hong Kong’s former Kowloon-Canton Railway Clock Tower, and Rio de Janeiro’s Congress Building – plus many more. In addition, (RED) is creating a “digital quilt” called (2015)Quilt, where celebrities and all (RED) supporters can sponsor a ‘patch’ and make a pledge of commitment to an AIDS-free generation.

    Also on this day, the Global Fund is presenting its latest results update, which will show the progress in reaching people with prevention and treatment in Global Fund supported programs. 

    “The world is at a critical point right now in the global AIDS response, with millions of people on treatment,” said Prof. Michel Kazatchkine, Executive Director of the Global Fund.  “But the enormous progress made in the last few years is at risk due to these difficult economic times, and still only one third of people living with HIV and in need of lifelong treatment are able to access it. We all need to redouble our efforts to make sure that millions more will be able to stay alive and healthy with continued support from the Global Fund.”