Stop AIDS, Keep the Promise
The number of people living with HIV has risen to 33.2 million in 2007 from 29.0 million in 2001. Some 2.5 million people were newly infected with the virus in 2007 and 2.1 million people died of AIDS-related illnesses. To bring awareness to HIV/AIDS issues and increase education and funding, GFWC observes Dec. 1, 2007, as World AIDS Day.
GFWC clubs participate in AIDS education projects in partnership with UNICEF—this partnership has been a mainstay of GFWC's program department for more than 60 years. GFWC members have contributed to information and fundraising efforts for children in Africa, Eastern Europe, Central Asia, and the Carribbean. Currently, GFWC is involved in the Campaign Against HIV/AIDS and Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission initiatives.
GFWC clubs raise money by selling awareness pins for $3.00, which is the average cost of one dose of medication for the prevention of mother to child transmission of HIV/AIDS. UNICEF gives awards to GFWC clubs with the highest levels of fundraising. 2007 UNICEF award winning clubs were:
- Ronan Woman's Club (Mont.)
- Woman's Society of Batesburg-Leesville (S.C.)
- Warren Jr. Women's Club (Ohio)
- Dawson County Women's Club (Ga.)
- GFWC Worthington Woman's Club (Va.)
»RESOURCES FOR EDUCATION
The U.S.Department of Heath and Human services provides resources to assist efforts to educate, motivate, and mobilize local communities in the fight against HIV/AIDS.
The 2007 AIDS epidemic update (PDF) reports on the latest developments in the global AIDS epidemic. The 2007 edition provides the most recent estimates of the AIDS epidemic and explores new findings and trends in the epidemic’s evolution.
Read the latest articles about HIV/AIDS statistics, prevention efforts, and education programs.
Find out about World AIDS Day observances around the world