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.
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.