Youth Stop Aids- It Ain't Over!!
Youth Stop Aids is a movement campaigning to end AIDS by 2030. As a brilliant man once put:
|With DFID Minister.|
This event combined 60 activists, 30 MPs, 1 Department for International Development (DFID) Minister, 2 Lords, 100s of balls... this was our biggest ever Day of Action! After spending the day training we headed off into London Westminster for our stunt, combining the 100s of balls we worked on raising awareness of why it isn't over, I thought I'd share a few facts with you:
AIDS is no longer a death sentence and new HIV infections are easily preventable. We have the tools, like condoms, safe needles and anti-retroviral drugs (ARVs), which make it virtually impossible to pass the virus on.
We’ve learnt a lot over the last 30 years, like who is most at risk of infection and what prevention strategies work. Most importantly, the opportunity to make AIDS history is now within our reach - but we risk undoing all of our hard work.
|Keep your eye on the ball! (s?)|
Despite the enormous progress made, 2.1 million people still became infected with HIV in 2015. At the same time international donor funding for the global HIV response is beginning to fall, with a drop of 13% between 2014 and 2015.
The UK has historically played a leading role in the global response, but this is at risk with the expiry of DFID’s strategy on HIV and no plans to renew it. In short, the international community is starting to take its eye off the ball by not paying attention to HIV and AIDS like it used to.
|Caroline Lucas and the Sussex Stop Aids team|
A wonderful day closing to it's end, brilliant contacts made, but most importantly, it was inspirational to see young people fighting the good fight, and I can only hope now, in this fragile warfare times, we can continue to do so and do good globally.
|It Ain't Over!|