HIV/AIDS: AYGF Stands In Solidarity With Victims Of Inequality
The Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS) over the years has been a major concern to the world due to its life-threatening condition caused by the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV).
The HIV virus attacks the immune system of the patient thus, reducing its resistance to other diseases.
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As of 2017, AIDS had killed between 28.9 million and 41.5 million people worldwide, and an estimated 36.7 million people are living with HIV. Although a final cure to the infection is yet to be ascertained, various campaigns and communications strategies has helped create awareness to the causes, prevention and management of the infection. This campaign has also helped in the reducing stigmatization of the individuals living with the disease.
In recent times, access to antiretroviral treatments has become more improved and accessible consequently leading to an increasingly rare progression to AIDS in most individuals.
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Since 1988, the World Health Organization (WHO) set aside December 1, as a day to not only educate the world on prevention methods on HIV and AIDS, but also to support those living with the condition as well as remember those who have died.
This year was themed, “End inequalities. End AIDS” to make reference to those who have been left behind or forgotten due to various inequalities affecting the society.
As we join the world in celebrating this day, AYGF stands in solidarity with all those who have felt forgotten, left behind or unimportant in the fight against this global ‘disease’.
We firmly stand against any form of inequality or social injustice that has affected the distribution and access to treatment and information concerning this disease.
Working with several international organizations like UNDP, ECOWAS, IOM, WHO and UNICEF amongst others AYGF has helped to expand access to high-quality health services; develop pharmaceutical and supply chain management capacities; build skills in leadership, transparency, and accountability; and create new avenues for health sector stakeholders to share knowledge with their colleagues within the region.