World Alliance of YMCAs Commemorates World AIDS Day 2010

1st December 2010

World AIDS Day is celebrated globally on 1st December every year.  It has become one of the most recognised international health days and a key opportunity to raise awareness, commemorate those who have passed on, and celebrate victories such as increased access to treatment and prevention services.

The global theme for 2009 and 2010 World AIDS Day is «Universal Access and Human Rights», as chosen by The World AIDS Campaign. This theme encourages us to deepen understanding, develop partnerships and challenge discriminatory laws, policies and practices that stand in the way of access for all to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support.

For many years, YMCAs around the world have been addressing HIV/AIDS at local, national and global levels. YMCA actions range from peer education programmes to research and public advocacy, all aimed at addressing the specific needs of young people, women and children.  The World Alliance of YMCAs supports this work by advocating globally at the UN and other international forums for the availability of affordable drug therapy, greater financial commitment and accountability, involvement of youth in policy and programme development, and the development of gender specific HIV/AIDS programmes.

The World Alliance of YMCAs would like to encourage YMCA National Movements to join the global community in the observance of World AIDS Day 2010.  Whether you decide to organize a special event or activity, or simply come together with colleagues to say a collective prayer, every action is important.   You can find more information and campaign materials here: http://www.worldaidscampaign.org/  

Please share with us any stories or images from World AIDS Day 2010 at your YMCA.  

For more information on YMCA work on HIV and AIDS visit the World Alliance website

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