This World AIDS Day we saw the relentless vitality of human spirit paving the way to the eventual end of AIDS. Over 30 years ago, people refused to accept that HIV was a fatal illness and today it is treatable, but much more needs to be accomplished.
Now, Test & Treat, condom access, and services for young women, girls and youth must be expanded globally to save more lives and ensure a healthier world. To accomplish this, we all must fight on and “Keep the Promise” on AIDS.
United by the “Keep the Promise” theme, AIDS Healthcare Foundation joined its partners and people from over 30 countries in commemorating World AIDS Day 2017. The events included vibrant concerts, artistic performances, testing outreaches and condom distribution.
“Keeping the Promise” to young women, girls and youth was the theme of many World AIDS Day events across AHF’s Africa Bureau. In Kenya, AHF focused on out-of-school youth in city slums. Elsewhere, activities included contests, dancing and musical acts.
This year’s commemorations coincided with big anniversaries for several Bureau countries – most notably, AHF Uganda marked its 15 years of service in a festive celebration.
AHF’s Asia Bureau set up warm and welcoming events across the region. Thousands marched for healthcare equality in Nepal, advocates performed choreographed dance routines in the Philippines and Vietnam, and Indonesia rounded out the night with a brilliant show at the largest fountain in Southeast Asia. Click the photos below to see more!
Winter has settled over much of Europe, but that didn’t stop AHF Europe Bureau from commemorating World AIDS Day with colorful “Keep the Promise” events. In Russia, top musical artists performed to a packed house. In Ukraine, AHF opened its first ART clinic – and there’s much more.
Latin America and the Caribbean are no strangers to music that moves you, so it’s no surprise countries held massive concerts on World AIDS Day 2017 to “Keep the Promise” fighting against the epidemic. AHF’s Music Ambassadors rocked the night away in Mexico, top musicians delighted overflowing crowds in Peru and Haiti, and thousands took advocacy to the streets in Guatemala and Bolivia.
Star-studded events highlighted AHF’s combined World AIDS Day and 30th anniversary celebrations in the U.S. Grammy-winning entertainment icon Mariah Carey, AHF Partner DJ Khaled and singer Ne-Yo delighted fans at the historic Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, while Grammy-nominated musician and actress Sheila E., reggae music great Yandel and singer Becky G. performed their hits in Miami.
Rounding out the evening in Miami, The Honorable Carmen Yulin Cruz, Mayor of San Juan, Puerto Rico was presented with AHF’s 2017 Humanitarian Award for her unwavering strength and resolve during the ongoing aftermath of Hurricane Maria. Meanwhile, Impulse Group United received The Chris Brownlie Community Champion Award in Los Angeles for its tireless advocacy efforts in 20 cities worldwide.
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