Getting to Zero – Zero AIDS-Related Deaths: 2011 World AIDS Day Theme Announced

Source: who.int
Backed by the United Nations the “Getting to Zero” campaign runs until
2015 and builds on last year’s successful World AIDS Day “Light for
Rights” initiative encompassing a range of vital issues identified by
key affected populations.”The potential for creative, connected and meaningful campaigning is
really exciting,” says World AIDS Campaign Africa Director, Linda
Mafu. “Our organization will focus on Zero AIDS Related Deaths, but
the choice is there for others to pick a different zero or all three.”The World AIDS Campaign focus on “Zero AIDS Related Deaths” signifies
a push towards greater access to treatment for all; a call for
governments to act now. A demand they honour promises like the Abuja
declaration and that African Governments at very least hit agreed targets
for domestic spending on health and HIV in support of the human right
to the best attainable level of health care for all.It’s a global campaign that spotlights how our fundamental right to
health is intrinsically and inextricably linked to other basic rights
– The right to food, to shelter, to freedom, to clean water and
safety. Crucial too is access to affordable life saving quality
medicines free from the crippling effects of excessive profit taking.
In the coming months the World AIDS Campaign will be spotlighting a
range of Getting to Zero initiatives to help see an end to AIDS
related deaths.“It’s going to be amazing decision makers need to understand that
people living with HIV , the marginalized, the dispossessed – all of
us – want our rights.” Linda Mafu adds. “I can see all sort of events
on World AIDS Day – For example, marches that end in Light for Rights
type actions outside Finance Ministries where beams of torchlight
shine on buildings where under spending on HIV and health cost
thousands of lives.
It’s time to use our imaginations and let everyone know
Getting to Zero is a must.”The global HIV response is at a pivotal moment, where huge strides
forward are at serious risk and current approaches are reaching their
limits. Only one third of the 15 million people living with HIV in
need of life long treatment are receiving it. New infections continue
to outpace the number of people starting treatment, while the upward
trend in resources suffered a serious downturn this year.”Zero New HIV Infections” and “Zero Discrimination” are equally as
likely to spark high impact events from small scale community vigils
to nation wide events using the universally recognised shape of zeros
and the power of light to get life and death issues the attention they
deserve.For December 1st 2011 right up until 2015 it’s envisioned that
different regions and groups will each year chose one or all of the
Zeros that best addresses their situation.

The decision to go with the millennium development related goal of
“Getting to Zero” comes
after extensive discussions among people living with HIV, health
activists, broader civil society and many others – more than a hundred
organisations in all.

The vision for this year’s World AIDS Day and beyond may be
aspirational but the journey towards its attainment is laid with
concrete milestones.

10 goals for 2015.

Sexual transmission of HIV reduced by half, including among young
people,men who have sex with men and transmission in the context of
sex work;

Vertical transmission of HIV eliminated and AIDS-related maternal
deaths reduced by half;

All new HIV infections prevented among people who use drugs.

Universal access to antiretroviral therapy for people living with HIV
who are eligible for treatment;

TB deaths among people living with HIV reduced by half;

All people living with HIV and households affected by HIV are
addressed in all national social protection strategies and have
access to essential care and support.

Countries with punitive laws and practises around HIV transmission,
sex work, drug use or homosexuality that block effective responsereduced by half ;

HIV-related restrictions on entry, stay and residence eliminated in
half of the countries that have such restrictions;

HIV-specific needs of women and girls are addressed in at least half
of all national HIV responses;

Zero tolerance for gender-based violence.

Goals list courtesy UNAIDS –

For more information and media opportunities please contact – royston@worldaidscampaign.org

World AIDS Day this year is about “Getting to Zero.” Zero New HIV Infections. Zero Discrimination and Zero AIDS Related Deaths.

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