Significance of World AIDS Day
World AIDS Day, designated on 1 December every year since 1988,is an international day dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic. The acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) is a life-threatening condition caused by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). The HIV virus attacks the immune system of the patient and reduces its resistance to other diseases.Government and health officials, non-governmental organizations, and individuals around the world observe the day, often with education on AIDS prevention and control.
Aim of World AIDS Day
World AIDS day is an international day dedicated to raising awareness of the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection and mourning those who have died of the disease.
History of World AIDS Day
World AIDS Day was first conceived in August 1987 by James W. Bunn and Thomas Netter, two public information officers for the Global Programme on AIDS at the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland.Bunn and Netter took theidea to Dr. Jonathan Mann, Director of the Global Programme on AIDS (now known as UNAIDS). Mannagreed with the recommendation that first observance of World AIDS Day should be on 1 December 1988.
The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) became operational in 1996, it took over the planning and promotion of World AIDS Day.UNAIDS created the World AIDS Campaign in 1997 to focus on year-round communications, prevention and education.In 2004, the World AIDS Campaign became an independent organization.
In the US, the White House began marking World AIDS Day with the iconic display of an 8.5 mAIDS Ribbon on the building’s North Portico in 2007.
Theme of World AIDS Day
The theme of World AIDS Day 2021 is “End inequalities. End AIDS”.
Celebrations of World AIDS Day
World Health Organization and its partners are highlighting the growing inequalities in access to essential HIV services.
On 1 December 2021, WHO is calling on global leaders and citizens to rally to confront the inequalities that drive AIDS and to reach people who are currently not receiving essential HIV services.