01 December 2007
Health activists around the globe are using Saturday's annual observance
of World AIDS Day to focus attention on efforts to combat the
The U.N.-sponsored Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and
Malaria says it has provided drugs for nearly 1.5 million people
living with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.
Thousands of people have gathered in Johannesburg where a benefit
concert hosted by former South African President Nelson Mandela
Some 50,000 people are expected at the concert which features
international artist such as Annie Lennox, Peter Gabriel and the
Goo Goo Dolls. It is the fifth annual event hosted by Mr. Mandela
to help fight AIDS.
U.S. officials say the number of people receiving treatment in
sub-Saharan countries has risen from 50,000 to 1.5 million.
During a World AIDS Day event Friday, Mr. Bush announced that
he and his wife Laura will travel to sub-Saharan Africa early next
year to get a first-hand look at U.S.-sponsored AIDS programs.
The head of UNAIDS, Peter Piot, said there is still a serious
shortfall in resources for fighting the disease, and that those
afflicted with AIDS continue to be stigmatized and suffer discrimination.
UNAIDS now says 32.7 million people were living with the virus
in 2006 - nearly seven million fewer than previously estimated.
By VOA News
Here is a link
to all World Aids Day events for Dec. 1, 2007