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World AIDS Day, December 1, 2011

HIV is one of the world's leading infectious killers, claiming more than 25 million lives over the past three decades. There were approximately 34 million people living with HIV in 2010.

Today on December 1st, World AIDS Day is celebrated all around the world. It has become one of the most recognized 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.

On this occasion, UNAIDS presents 10 goals regarding the fight against HIV / AIDS to achieve 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 practices around HIV transmission, sex work, drug use or homosexuality that block effective responses reduced 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.

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WATCH THE CINEMA FOR PEACE TRAILER OF THE DAY

-   Shuga (2010) by the MTV Staying Alive Campaign

Winner of the Cinema for Peace Award for Fighting AIDS in 2011

Shuga is a hard hitting three part drama series which follows the lives and loves of a group of cool, young students whose bright lives and fabulous futures are balanced on a knife edge due to their love of danger.

Angels in the Dust (2007) by Louise Hogarth

Nominee at the Cinema for Peace Gala 2008

The story of Marion Cloete who abandons a life of privilege in Johannesburg to build Botshabelo, a village and school that provides HIV orphaned children with shelter, food and education.

 

-          Life Above All (2010) by Oliver Schmitz

A touching mother-daughter relationship that reflects the modern South Africa.