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As you may well know, MYC4’s mission is to raise capital for African entrepreneurs via an online marketplace and become a significant tool in the fight to end extreme poverty. To eradicate extreme hunger and poverty is goal 1 of the Millennium Development Goals. Speaking of Millennium Development Goals, today is World Aids Day. To combat HIV/AIDS, malaria, and other diseases is goal 6 of the Millennium Development Goals.
World AIDS Day is a day dedicated to commemorate those who have passed on and to raise awareness about AIDS and the global spread of the HIV virus. World AIDS Day (WAD) is about increasing awareness, fighting stigma, improving education, mobilising resources and raising funds for the global response to HIV and AIDS.
Raising awareness of HIV is crucial to get to zero new HIV infections. A red AIDS awareness ribbon is worn around World AIDS Day which is a symbol of awareness, support and remembrance of those affected by HIV and AIDS.
In Africa, new cases of HIV infections declined by more than 50 per cent between 2005 and 2013, as a result of expanding the access of millions of pregnant women living with HIV to services for the prevention of mother-to-child transmission. These services include lifelong HIV treatment that markedly reduces the transmission of the virus to babies and keeps their mothers alive and well, but disparity in access to treatment is hampering progress towards reaching a global goal of reducing new infections, The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said on 28th November, ahead of World AIDS Day.
Treatment and prevention has come a long way since the disease was first discovered, and new infections have fallen but aids agencies urges more investment to facilitate access to treatment.