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Aids Day in India

World Aids Day in India is an important event. It is observed every year on December 1. The day is all about raising funds, growing consciousness, battling discrimination, and imparting education about AIDS and HIV. The President of the United States has made a formal declaration of the event since 1995. Governments of other countries including India have emulated this thing and made same type of declarations.

What is the Significance of Aids Day?

Aids Day or World Aids Day is celebrated when citizens across the globe enhance their consciousness about HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) and AIDS (Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome). They also carry out their commitment with a standpoint to improve human collaboration and probable homogenous communication between the HIV infected individuals and the others. The idea is to bring various associations and people in the same platform to get focus on the worldwide outbreak of AIDS and innovate techniques and methods of curing the ailment.

These associations always carry out research on how additional spread of the life-threatening ailment can be stopped and how our world can make sure that a same type of epidemic does not take place once more.

In India, World Aids Day offers the countrywide AIDS prevention programs, governments (both state and central), community groups, and welfare associations the chance to concentrate on the eradication of this life-threatening illness. A theme is selected to emphasize various features of the dilemma and methods in which people are infected by the Human Immunodeficiency Virus.

What is the objective of Aids Day?

The objective or goal of Aids Day is to bring the focus of the citizens across the world to the difficulties and outcomes of this deadly pandemic so that this beautiful world is saved. The day is significant for striking a chord that HIV has not been eradicated and we need to do a lot to eliminate this threat from the world forever.

History of World Aids Day

The idea of observing World Aids Day came from Thomas Netter and James W. Bunn in the month of August 1987. Both of them worked as public information officers for the Global Program on Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome at the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland. The concept of this special day was conveyed to Dr. Jonathan Mann. Dr. Mann was the Director of the UNAIDs Program or the United Nations Program for AIDS. The idea was appreciated by Dr. Mann and he accepted the suggestion of observing the day from the first day of December, 1988.

As a result of this, World Aids Day was started after a meeting of the Health Ministers of different countries in 1988 which took place in London. In this conference, the health ministers felt that a concerted endeavor all over the world was necessary to prevent the contamination of AIDS and HIV.

In 1996, UNAIDS or the Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS became operational. The program assumed the responsibility of preparation and support of World AIDS Day. Instead of concentrating on one day, UNAIDS formed the World AIDS movement in 1997 to emphasize on constant messaging, checking the spread of the disease, and awareness in people.

Scenario of AIDS in India

With more than one billion residents, India is a very big country in the world. As furnished by a recent survey featured in the British Medical Journal, the number of people infected with the HIV virus in India is about 1.4-1.6 million. Over the past few years, the count of HIV transmissions in the country has dropped significantly. It has come down to less than 2.5 million in 2007 from 5.5 million in 2005. These numbers are corroborated by the statistics provided by UNAIDS and WHO (World Health Organization). As mentioned by a statement on AIDS by the United Nations in 2011, the nation has experienced a 50% slump in the count of fresh HIV transmissions throughout the past decade in the country.

Government initiatives taken to control AIDS in India

Shortly following the first few instances of AIDS which came out in 1986, the National Aids Committee was set up by the Government of India. It was an initiative of the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. This laid the foundation of the supreme authority under the Government of India for keeping a close watch on Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), which is the National AIDS Control Organization (NACO).

Every state in India has its individual AIDS Prevention and Control Society that performs region-based projects with direction from the National AIDS Control Organization.

World Aids Day Themes

Given below are the various themes which have been selected for this special day:
  • Universal Access and Human Rights - 2010
  • Universal Access and Human Rights -2009
  • Stop AIDS. Keep the Promise – Lead – Empower – Deliver -2008
  • Stop AIDS. Keep the Promise – Leadership - 2007
  • Stop AIDS. Keep the Promise – Accountability - 2006
  • Stop AIDS. Keep the Promise - 2005
  • Women, Girls, HIV and AIDS - 2004
  • Stigma and Discrimination - 2003
  • Stigma and Discrimination - 2002
  • I care. Do you? - 2001
  • AIDS: Men Make a Difference - 2000
  • Listen, Learn, Live: World AIDS Campaign with Children & Young People - 1999
  • Force for Change: World AIDS Campaign With Young People - 1998
  • Children Living in a World with AIDS - 1997
  • One World. One Hope - 1996
  • Shared Rights, Shared Responsibilities - 1995
  • AIDS and the Family - 1994
  • Act - 1993
  • Community Commitment - 1992
  • Sharing the Challenge - 1991
  • Women and AIDS - 1990
  • Youth - 1989
  • Communication - 1988

AIDS Awareness Month in India

Various governments and associations have selected separate months as AIDS Awareness Month. Usually, December and October are the favorite months and December overlaps the AIDS Day.

Last Updated on 10/21/2011

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