World AIDS Day observed across the world

The theme of the day was Getting to zero.

Dec 1, 2015 16:56 IST
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1 December: World AIDS Day

The World AIDS Day was on 1 December 2015 observed across the world with the theme Getting to zero. However, the federal theme for the World AIDS Day 2015 was The time to act is now.

Both themes comply with fast-track strategy of UNAIDS, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS, to end the Aids epidemic by 2030. The strategy is aimed at averting 21 million Aids-related deaths, 28 million new HIV infections and 5.9 million new infections among children by 2030.

About World AIDS Day
• 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 Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) became operational and took over the planning and promotion of World AIDS Day.
• First World AIDS Day was held in 1988 and is the first ever global health day.

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