Friday, December 1, 2006

News: World Aids Day

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Today is World Aids Day, dedicated to raising awareness about AIDS globally. World Aids Day originated at the 1988 World Summit of Ministers of Health on Programmes for AIDS Prevention. AIDS has killed more than 25 million people. The AIDS epidemic claimed an estimated 3.1 million (between 2.8 and 3.6 million) lives in 2005 of which, more than half a million (570,000) were children, according to news services.
The Product (RED) Web site -- a business model created by Bono and and Bobby Shriver of Debt AIDS Trade in Africa (DATA) to raise money for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria -- is a good place to start to learn more about World AIDS Day and how you can help.
The Independent has posted a number of stories on the AIDS epidemic for the day, including one with this encouraging headline: How the world's drug firms sacrificed profits in the battle against Aids.

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