This week: No more AIDS by 2030

The Global Goals website displays a quote by Dr. Paul Farmer, an American anthropologist and physician known for his humanitarian work, that states that The essence of global health equity is the idea that something so precious as health might be viewed as a right.

The World AIDS Day was marked yesterday, bringing forth news and developments on the 3rd Sustainable Development Goal. Where on of the targets is to end the epidemic of AIDS in 2030.

This week in SDG X is a novel writing initiative to keep the network and the blog’s loyal readers up-to-date with a brief collection of news directly related to the Global Goals.


Week of 28.11.2016

Good Health and Well-Being


 

AIDS is when an individual’s immune system becomes too weak to fight off infections and diseases, and is developed and caused by the HIV virus. Though institutions -as the U.S. National Institutes  of Health, a biomedical research facility,  or Red Ribbon Prize winner Réseau National des jeunes vivant avec le VIH (NRJ+), in Burundi, an organization that advocates and delivers comprehensive Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights services for youth infected by HIV- have brought forth initiatives to fight the epidemic, there’s still a large demographic in need.

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Many young people, especially women and girls, are still being left behind in the AIDS response. Most individuals infected with AIDS either don’t know they’re HIV positive or do not have access to treatment.

Prince Harry of Wales met Rihanna in Barbados yesterday (World AIDS Day), and as a part of his campaign to raise awareness, they both took a public HIV test.

He stated that because the success of the medication being developed (the antiretroviral therapy), we are not suffering from complacency and risk going back 20 years.

Raising awareness isn’t limited to taking care of one’s health when it comes to AIDS, but also eradicating the discriminatory view against those infected. In the Human documentary, one young girl from Senegal told the story of how her brother told her “You’ll never have a husband and children, because you have AIDS…nobody will ever love you.”

Such stigma leads to various consequences including loss of hope, loss of income, and occasionally, the spread of HIV.

The awareness to get tested and the awareness against such stigma is important in our journey towards achieving the global goal by 2030.

 

 

Partnership for Zero

As a result of several hours spent in online space I found a very attractive couple of words. Vision Zero. It immediately caught my attention and made me dig deeper into it. As it turned out this is a whole vision that shifts whole focus on developing products and technologies that “Innovate to Zero”, meaning that all the emissions, accidents on roads, fatalities and etc. will be brought to Zero.

This vision is not connected to only one SDG, but it is the thread that goes through all of them.

We can speak about each sustainable goal for a very long time and also we can create as many projects as possible. But there is no chance of achieving any results without uniting the efforts and having partnerships for reaching the results so much needed for a lot of countries. In other words – Partnering for Zero.

sdg-17-partnerships-for-the-goalsF72685166BD52043E4D18259Description of the SDG #17 states:

  “Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development”
There are certain spheres of developing the partnerships among different parties. For example finances, information and communications development, capacity building, trade, data monitoring and accountability. But for a lot of people this goal seems a bit distant and less important. We usually tend to underestimate the power of unity and think that until you are good at what you do, you can do it alone.

Having allies’ means that all the efforts that we put in daily work in achieving 17 SDGs’ are not lost and we are rising awareness together with the engagement.

Since I love researching I decided to go into unlimited space of internet and use the power of Google. The question that I had was: “yes, I know that partnerships are important, but is there a space to allow all those parties come together and find allies?” And again as a result I found a very interesting information about Youth Philanthropy Forum.

As it turns out it “aims to build greater capacity and create a better environment for youth philanthropic organizations to support the implementation of the United Nations sustainable development goals. It will connect youth philanthropy to the United Nations’ SDGs to see how youth are making change towards these big goals. It will create an opportunity for the youth to learn and make connections with international leaders by building strong partnerships between youth philanthropic organizations, the United Nations, governments, civil society, and businesses”

 

 

The main purpose of this post is not only to give you information, but also inspire action to search for different ways and supporters for our goal, because in the end our power lies in uniting the differences and together for a bigger goal.

 

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