TODAY IN HISTORY: World Aids Day recognised internationally

By Drum Digital
01 December 2014

The aim of World AIDS Day was to bring to people's attention the worldwide challenges and consequences of the epidemic, in order to prevent the spread of HIV and improve the lives of people living with the virus.

Following the January 1988 meeting of Health Ministers in London, a decision was taken that 1 December would annually be observed as World Aids Day. This step was motivated by the growing realisation that, unlike other pandemics such as malaria, the spread of Human Immunodeficiency Virus(HIV) was not confined to geographic locations. The day was also a celebration of achievements made in the fight against this disease and aimed to focus world attention on current challenges.

Source: SA HISTORY ONLINE

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