Monday, December 01, 2008

world aids day

december 1 is world AIDS day. today (and every other day), there will be 6000 children die from AIDS worldwide. do something to take part in making a difference to stop a deadly disease that kills the innocent.

check out worldvision.org and learn how you can specifically get involved. remember, silence is acceptance. become an advocate for children suffering with AIDS.

here are things you can do right now to help...
1. pray. pray on your own or join others in the Hope Prayer Chain.
2. ask your congress person to continue to fund AIDS programs worldwide. write your congressman here.
3. get together with some friends and make caregiver kits for those serving AIDS victims in the field.
4. get facts: here are some that are absolutely staggering from World Vision's site:

"Of the more than 33.2 million people living with AIDS worldwide, more than 22 million are African. Of that group, 61 percent are women. Overall in the world, 50 percent of people living with HIV are women. In part because of cultural limitations on female rights and freedoms, more African women are infected than men. In addition, almost 2 million HIV-positive Africans are younger than 15 years of age; about 90 percent of children living with HIV in the world are African. Children are most often infected in utero or during breastfeeding; in Africa more than 90 percent of adult infection is through sexual transmission between a man and a woman. Also, the impact of HIV on children has been rising, with children making up a greater percentage of people living with HIV in 2007 as compared to 2001."

7 comments:

Kel said...

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~K

Bird, Frizzy and Our Little Yaya said...

This is a devestating illness and it's so sad to hear the statistics. Thank you sooo much for sharing this information. I hope this disease will some day be gone forever.

Kacey R. said...

Wow - its amazing at how many people have this disease and how many of them are children. Its so sad but we can all make a difference by just doing as much as we can to get the word out or donating. Thanks for the info today.

Ashley Griffin said...

the stats are so staggering! it's really hard to fathom. thanks for sharing this information.

Carrie said...

Saw your tweet and oops! I wrote you an email and forgot to comment! WTH?? Sorry!

I will pray for all those infected and for education for the uninfected.

Beth Madigan LCSW, CLC said...

Here you are again reminding us that silence is acceptance. I have done mission work in Swaziland and Uganda and the cost of AIDS is staggering. God has a plan and part of it is US!
Thanks

Renée aka Mekhismom said...

I am so glad that you posted about World AIDS Day! I didn't see that many other posts about it. I appreciate you raising awareness among your readers.