28 November 2006


The annual commemoration of people living with HIV/AIDS around the world takes place this Friday. Together, HIV and AIDS pose one of the largest, most complex threats to human health the world has ever known. In the developing world, the pandemic is devastating the physical, social and economic health of entire communities and regions. Not only do people suffer and die from this disease, it robs them of their dignity, their families, their social networks and their livelihoods.

In 2005, there were approximately 38.6 million people living with HIV and AIDS in the world. Sub-Saharan Africa is the worst affected region, with 24.5 million cases in adults (age 15+) and children.

AIDS killed 2.8 million people worldwide in 2005 and there were 4.1 million new cases reported.

Information about HIV/AIDS and resources for prayer and action can be found at the Catholic Relief Services website.

You can also test your knowledge about AIDS at the World Vision website.

Progress towards implementing the Millenium Deelopment Goal of combating HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases can be found the United Nations Development Program website.

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