World AIDS Day is held on December 1 every year to commemorate people who have died from the disease, support those living with it and unite people all over the world in the fight against HIV/AIDS. This year’s theme is Getting to Zero.
GBCHealth has compiled a collection of HIV/AIDS related materials for our member companies in honor of World AIDS Day. Included resources are:
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The theme for World AIDS Day 2011 is Getting to Zero in support of UNAIDS's 2011-2015 strategy of the same name. The strategy has three pillars: zero AIDS-related deaths, zero discrimination and zero new HIV infections.
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Offer your employees and customers a simple way to find nearby HIV/AIDS testing locations by adding one of the CDC HIV/AIDS-related widgets to your company's website, social network or blog. Building off the success of their HIV-testing widget, the CDC now offers widgets with podcasts and updates on the National AIDS Strategy.
Click here to get the widgets.
The Facing AIDS campaign is an opportunity to engage your entire company in an effort to promote HIV testing and reducing the stigma of HIV/AIDS by putting a face to the epidemic. The concept is simple. Print signs from the Facing AIDS website with a message like:
Distribute the signs among employees and let them customize the message. Take photos of employees holding their signs and upload them to the Facing AIDS website.
GBCHealth members have been leaders in addressing the HIV/AIDS pandemic for over ten years. Take a peek at some of our members' innovative and impactful programs. These case studies call out best practices and critical success factors for HIV/AIDS initiatives.
BD has implemented a laboratory strengthening program in developing countries that incorporates both workshops and a volunteer service program. The company recognizes that it is uniquely positioned to have a profound impact by making available its most valuable assets – its people and institutional knowledge. Through training and lab strengthening programs, BD sees an opportunity to transfer the knowledge and expertise necessary to strengthen laboratory systems in the developing world. Read more
Boehringer Ingelheim is contributing to the fight against HIV/AIDS in the developing world through various activities that all serve the ultimate goal of providing access to affordable HIV medicines. Since 2000, Boehringer Ingelheim has granted free access to its single-dose Viramune®, which when used alone or in combination with other drugs, can prevent vertical transmission of HIV from mother-to-child (pMTCT) during birth. Read more
Johnson & Johnson has partnered with the HIV Collaborative Fund to support the NGO’s work as well as create specific funding opportunities for organizations supporting women and their families whose lives are affected by HIV. The HIV Collaborative Fund is a partnership of Tides Network and the International Treatment Preparedness Coalition (ITPC), which operates a small grants program and provides regional-based funding for technical assistance and network support. Read more
48fest is organized by MTV’s Staying Alive, an international initiative working within MTV to raise awareness and knowledge about HIV/AIDS, particularly among young people and those in developing countries so that they make safe lifestyle choices and protect themselves from HIV. The program also fights the stigma and discrimination associated with HIV/AIDS and seeks to engage other businesses and media to form their own responses to the epidemic. To do so, the initiative produces short- and long-form programming such as documentaries, public service announcements (PSAs) and concert events, available free of cost to broadcasters around the world. Read more
Use images from this poignant collection by Brent Stirton of Getty Images to tell the story of your organization's work on HIV/AIDS. In the past, our members have used these photos in internal newsletters and on print materials for World AIDS Day events.
Getty Images has generously offered to share some of their image collection for GBCHealth with GBCHealth members. For instructions on accessing this collection, click here.
GBCHealth is proud to support and profile the World AIDS Day 2011 activities of our members. Please submit a description of your initiatives here and it will be published in our December newsletter, added to our corporate Best Practices list and featured on our website. Submissions will be accepted on a rolling basis, but please submit this form no later than November 17, 2011 for inclusion on the website before World AIDS Day.
Encourage your employees to support great work on HIV/AIDS this World AIDS Day through purchases or donations to these respected organizations:
Books and films offer the chance to explore the AIDS pandemic through new lenses: whether an aerial view of the global epidemic, or the chance to walk in the shoes of someone infected or affected by HIV/AIDS. Here are our top picks for 2011:
28: Stories of AIDS in Africa by Stephanie Nolen | Through 28 riveting portraits, Nolan brings to life the varied and moving everyday realities of the twenty-eight million people living with HIV/AIDS in Africa.
The Epidemic: A Global History of AIDS by Jonathan Engel | This book covers the global AIDS crisis through the interwined histories of politics, science and culture.
The Wisdom of Whores: Bureaucrats, Brothels and the Business of AIDS by Elizabeth Pisani | Pisani, an epidemiologist and public health veteran, offers a frank and fascinating account of global efforts to combat AIDS to date.
Life, Above All | Directed by South African filmmaker Oliver Schmitz (Mapantsula, Paris, je t'aime), this film is based on the international award winning novel Chanda's Secrets by Allan Stratton. The film tells the story of Chanda (stunningly performed by first-time-actress Khomotso Manyaka) as she handles the fear, shame and stigma around AIDS in her community. Learn more
Frontline: The Age of AIDS | The PBS series details 25 years of the AIDS epidemic. The entire series is available to watch free online. Watch now
The Lazarus Effect | This short film (available on YouTube) tells story of HIV positive people in Africa whose lives are transformed by access to ARVs, which cost about 40 cents a day. Directed by Lance Bangs, with Executive Producers Spike Jonze and Susan Smith Ellis. Watch it now
TED Talk: 'Selling' Condoms in the Congo | In this four-minute talk former marketer Amy Lockwood shares her corporate insights on a major global health issue: increasing condom use. Watch it now