Title: World AIDS Day 2023 to Highlight the Importance of Community Leadership
Geneva, Switzerland – World AIDS Day 2023 will be marked by a commemoration event celebrating the theme “Let communities lead.” The World Health Organization (WHO) recognizes the invaluable contributions of communities living with and affected by HIV in the global response to the epidemic.
Communities have played a vital role in the HIV response by providing prevention, testing, and treatment support services. They have also promoted health and held healthcare providers accountable. Their engagement has been instrumental in ensuring that HIV prevention and treatment strategies reach those who need them most.
To honor the remarkable contributions of communities in leading the response to HIV, WHO will host a special event in Geneva. The event will feature speeches from WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and Assistant Director-General Dr. Jérôme Salomon. Additionally, a video will be presented, highlighting the inspiring work of communities in addressing the HIV crisis.
On this significant occasion, WHO will also launch the 2nd edition of the Digital Adaptation Kit (DAK) for HIV. The DAK aims to ensure that WHO’s recommendations are accurately reflected in the digital systems adopted by countries. This tool will facilitate the efficient implementation of effective strategies to combat the spread of the disease.
The commemoration of World AIDS Day 2023 will not be limited to Geneva. Uplifting events will take place in Victoria Falls and Harare, Zimbabwe, including a visit to a community-led initiative. Furthermore, Zimbabwe will host the 22nd edition of the International Conference on AIDS and Sexually Transmitted Infections in Africa (ICASA), the largest HIV conference on the continent. This gathering will serve as a crucial platform for sharing knowledge and best practices in the field of HIV prevention and treatment.
The European Parliament will also play its part in marking World AIDS Day 2023. It will host a special commemorative act on Ending AIDS in Europe, with a particular focus on HIV and human rights. This act underscores the importance of incorporating human rights-based approaches in the fight against HIV, ensuring that the rights and dignity of individuals living with the virus are respected.
World AIDS Day 2023 serves as a reminder that community leadership is indispensable in ending the HIV epidemic. By recognizing the pivotal role played by communities, WHO and its partners strive to empower and support these essential stakeholders in their mission to create a world free of HIV.
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