AIDS doesnâ€™t need much of an introduction. Its statistics are numerous as they are harrowing. But there is one statistic more conspicuous, more worrying, more jolting to the mind than perhaps any other, and this statistic is unchanging: there is no vaccine for AIDS; there is no cure.
Today, December 1st, is World AIDS Day, one of the yearâ€™s most recognized international health days. Its goals are threefold: increase awareness, commemorate those who have passed on, and celebrate victories such as increased access to treatment and prevention services. GoÂ theÂ World AIDS Campaign page for a whole trove of information. Educate yourself.
Getting to Zero
Crucial to the battle against AIDS is the Joint United Nations Programme,Â UNAIDS, who are behind the push for a new global response to AIDS. Key to their phraseology is Getting to Zero. ThisÂ sets our three main goals for 2015:
Zero new infections
Zero AIDS-related deaths
Such goals are equally ambitious, urgent, and inspiring. To learn more, go the UNAIDS strategy webpage here.
Jolkona AIDS projects: NHCC and the Slum Doctor Programme
At Jolkona, we are partnered with two projects in areas of the world where AIDS is most prevalent: Africa and East Asia. Cambodia has the highest AIDS incidences in the whole of Asia. The identified infected population is somewhere near 65,000. Over 3000 are children under the age of fifteen. Most of those children are orphaned. They are left for nothing. New Hope for Cambodian Children (NHCC) provides full range housing, nutritional, health and educational needs for these children. They are a small beacon of light within a maelstrom of darkness. One donation of $75 supports the medical needs of one child infected with AIDS for six months. Thatâ€™s $12.50 a month â€“ what, a little more than your monthly subscription to Netflix? Go to the JolkonaÂ campaign page, give, and help alleviate the suffering of these children today.
Tumaini is a community based organization in Nairobi, Kenya, partnered with the Slum Doctor Programme. Tumainiâ€™s main objective is raising funds to provide HIV medication. While the Kenyan government and major grants, such as PEPFAR (the President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief), pay for a substantial amount of this medication, the funds fail to cover the need to its full extent. Tumaini works tirelessly to bridge that gap and to fill that need. One donation of $30 provides full HIV treatment for one patient for two weeks in Nairobi. Thatâ€™s about a third of your average monthly cell phone bill. Cut the chit chat and let your money do the talking. Give to the Slum Doctor Programme here.
Zero new infections. Zero AIDS-related deaths. Zero discrimination. Be a part of Getting to Zero.