04 November 2011

Fight Against Hiv/Aids viral diseases by UN

Although it is a relatively new disease, HIV has already killed millions of people all across the globe. With more than thirty three million infected people all across the globe, the role of the UN becomes all the more important.

As it is, UN has played a very vital role in addressing the problem called AIDS. In fact, it was one of the very few organizations which took initiative in this regard and took some concrete steps to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS. The following are some of the important steps which were taken by the UN to lower the impact of HIV/AIDs:

1. World AIDS Day
Observing 1 December as the International World AIDS Day is by far the most important step in regard to promoting awareness as well as prevention of HIV/AIDS. The first World AIDS Day was observed on 1 December 1988, with support from the United nations General Assembly. As a result the International World AIDS Day came into force. The idea was to spread education in regard to how HIV gets spread and how to save one self from getting infected with HIV.

In 1996, another important step was taken by the UN and the United Nations program on AIDS (UNAIDS) was formed. It was further decided, to create a universal campaign which could function, all through the year in educating and preventing the spread of the disease further. This resulted in the World AIDS Campaign in 1997.

3. International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa (ICASA)
Formation of the International Conference on AIDS and STIs in Africa is another important step in this regard. As you might know that more than ninety percent of those affected with HIV are inhabitants of third world nations of Asia and Africa, it becomes very important to focus on these areas to prevent the spread of HIV to unmanageable limits. It was due to this reason that the ICASA was set up to address the grave situation posed by HIV in Africa.

As it is, UN has been playing a very vital role in spreading education about HIV/AIDS, all across the globe. The idea is to teach people about transmission, prevention and treatment facilities in regard to HIV/AIDs. This has been quite helpful in addressing the current situation, which may appear bleak today, but definitely gives us enough scope for a silver lining in future; thanks to UN for the effort they have taken on their part to curb this problem called HIV/AIDS.

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