1 December: World AIDS day
2017 Theme: My health, my right
The World AIDS day was observed across the world on 1 December 2017 with the theme 'My health, my right'.
This year, the United Nations also launched a campaign #myrighttohealth with the main focus on the right to health. The campaign along with this year's theme aims spread awareness about 'Right To Health' of everyone, everywhere. And, right to health is linked to a wider set of rights.
Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) is a severe public health threat and this threat can only be dealt if these rights are placed at the centre of global health to provide quality health to everyone leaving no one behind.
Global HIV/AIDS Statistics of the year 2016
• Over 20 million people were accessing Antiretroviral Therapy in the year 2016.
• 30.8 million to 42.9 million people globally were living with HIV.
• 1.8 million people became newly infected with HIV.
• million people died from AIDS-related illnesses.
Indian-origin Quarraisha Abdool Karim appointed as UNAIDS Special Ambassador for Adolescents and HIV
The idea to observe World Aids Day was conceived in 1987 by James Bunn and Thomas Netter, who are the public information officers for the Global Programme on Aids at the World Health Organisation.
In 1996, the United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) became operational and took over the planning and promotion of World AIDS Day. The first World AIDS Day was held in 1988 and was the first ever global health day.
There has been a remarkable progress in HIV treatment. UNAIDS launched a new report showing that access to treatment has risen significantly. In 2000, just 685 000 people living with HIV had access to antiretroviral therapy, however, by June 2017, around 20.9 million people had access to the treatment.
Parliament passes HIV and AIDS (Prevention and Control) Bill, 2017