World AIDS Day Message From Canon Gideon

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World AIDS Day Message From Canon Gideon

  1. 1. A message from Rev Canon Dr Gideon Byamugisha Goodwill Ambassador on HIV & AIDS, Christian Aid Convener, Global Working Group on Faith, SSDDIM & HIV
  2. 3. The year of the 30 th anniversary of the first AIDS diagnosis.
  3. 4. <ul><li>33.4 million people </li></ul><ul><li>like myself - </li></ul><ul><li>are now living with HIV. </li></ul>
  4. 5. Who are they?
  5. 6. They are young and old. Male and female.
  6. 7. Black, white and brown. Rich and poor.
  7. 8. Educated and illiterate. Urban and rural.
  8. 9. They are, simply, human.
  9. 10. They are you and me.
  10. 11. AIDS has killed as many people as 25 tsunamis.
  11. 12. Leaving hundreds of thousands of orphans.
  12. 13. Enough is enough.
  13. 14. We must end AIDS before it celebrates its 50 th birthday in 2031
  14. 15. Before it ends us.
  15. 16. We each have a role to play.
  16. 17. My fellow faith leaders and I are reaching out through our congregations
  17. 18. To say “You can be SAVEd”
  18. 19. Through Safer practices, not just sexual, but also medical and social. S
  19. 20. Through Access to treatment and nutrition S A
  20. 21. Through Voluntary counseling and testing S A V
  21. 22. Through Empowerment and education. S A V E
  22. 23. And through rejecting Stigma Shame Discrimination Denial Inaction and Mis-action S A V E
  23. 24. approach. S A V E We are urging all faith leaders to learn the
  24. 25. To teach it to their congregations.
  25. 26. To use practical community action,
  26. 27. Advocacy,
  27. 28. And prayer.
  28. 29. To overcome HIV and AIDS.
  29. 30. To succeed, the spread of the SAVE message must outrun the spread of the virus
  30. 31. SPREAD THE WORD, NOT THE VIRUS So please pass this message on…
  31. 32. We each have a role to play.
  32. 33. Come to www.savecampaign.org/whatyoucando.html and find out what yours could be.

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