Did you know there are 35 million people living with HIV? Over 70% of people living with the virus are in sub-suharan Africa. (2013 UNAIDS and WHO statistics)
On World AIDS Day, people around the globe unite and honour the lives of those who have passed away from this epidemic. December 1st is a day to stand in solidarity with those living with HIV and AIDS and to raise awareness about treatment and more importantly, prevention.
Make a difference this World AIDS Day! Support WUSC and the Uniterra program to help eradicate HIV and AIDS in our lifetime.
Bike for AIDS improves the health of families and women in Malawi
Through the Uniterra Program, Canadian volunteers and Local Committee members have raised thousands of dollars to support Bike for AIDS in Malawi. The Bike for AIDS campaign raises funds that allow our partners in Malawi to purchase bicycles and bicycle-ambulances (bicycle outfitted with a stretcher) locally and distribute them to health care workers who treat patients with HIV and AIDS in remote, rural parts of Malawi.
In Malawi, women are more vulnerable to HIV infection than men, and must overcome barriers to access treatment, care, and support. Women and girls living with HIV and AIDS also face discrimination and violence in the home, in accessing services and in the community. This year, Bike for AIDS fundraising efforts are supporting WUSC Malawi partner organizations Coalition of Women Living with HIV and AIDS (COWLHA) and Women for Fair Development (WOFAD). Both are working to increase the protection and promotion as well as improve the access to sexual and reproductive health rights of women living with HIV and AIDS.
What you can do:
- DONATE to Bike for AIDS - $200 buys a bicycle; $500 buys a bicycle ambulance.
- FUNDRAISE on your campus or in your community. Host an indoor bike-a-thon, bake sale or movie night! Learn more here: http://www.uniterra.ca/take-action/all-campaigns/bike-for-aids/
- SPREAD THE WORD through Facebook and Twitter and tell your friends and family about Bike for AIDS and how they can help #WorldAIDSDay #Bike4AIDS
About World AIDS Day
World AIDS Day is celebrated around the world on December 1st each year. It has become one of the most recognized international health days and a key opportunity to raise awareness, commemorate those who have passed on, and celebrate victories, such as increased access to treatment and prevention services. http://www.un.org/en/events/aidsday/