The advent of the pandemic, COVID-19 and its rapid spread around the world together with its deadly nature, has caused much of the attention of the world to be shifted toward addressing the concurrent health challenges and finding a vaccine to slow its spread.
While COVID-19 is a major challenge, the feeling among some is that the treatment of other illnesses, equally serious, may be neglected. One of these illnesses is HIV, a virus that was recognized more than 50 years ago, and until now, has not been adequately addressed. While HIV is no longer considered fatal in itself, due to advances in treatment, there is yet no vaccine to prevent its spread.
This is the reason that the theme for the World AIDS Day, December 1st, 2020, is “Ending the HIV/AIDS Epidemic: Resilience and Impact”. The theme reminds all of us that in order to stop the spread of HIV, people must stand together collectively to stop stigmatization and to ensure that those who are in danger of being infected have adequate knowledge and means to protect themselves. In the midst of one pandemic, COVID-19, it is important to remember the other pandemic, HIV.
To mark the day, Hope for the Village Child Foundation organized a day of awareness and education for a women’s group to assist them to know causes of the infection, ways in which they cannot be infected and how to access treatment.