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This blog first appeared in the Huffington Post Canada .  By Heather Johnston and James Orbinski, Dignitas International On December 1 st , we marked another World AIDS Day in the global fight against the epidemic. As a result of key investments over the past two decades, primarily through the leadership of the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR),   millions of deaths and new infections have been averted . According to the Center for Strategic and International Studies, of the 120 billion USD invested globally for HIV programs to date, more than 72 billion USD came through PEPFAR . Last year alone, with a PEPFAR investment of   6.8 … Read more 


 


 

This blog first appeared on the Huffington Post Canada. By Shelley Garnham, RESULTS Canada I have a particular affinity for Isaac Newton’s famous quote,   “If I have seen further than others, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.”   I’ve always been short — except for a brief time in grade four when I hit average height, and then apparently stopped growing altogether. So I’ve spent most of my life getting quite good at strategizing how best to amplify my view. I have, on occasion, been known to climb atop furniture/counters/shoulders when needed. I know how valuable a boost up can be. Whether literal or metaphorical, gaining a little … Read more 


 

This blog first appeared in the Huffington Post Canada .  By Tammy C. Yates, Realize (formerly CWGHR) Traditionally, to mark World AIDS Day, I tend to remain singularly focused on the theme selected globally, or nationally, to raise awareness about the particular issue or topic that needs to be highlighted. Traditionally, I focus on the contribution that   Realize   is making in the response to HIV at home and abroad. These are not traditional times. On December 1 ,   as we marked World AIDS Day (WAD), many community-based HIV organizations at all levels that have served and empowered people living with HIV for decades have either closed down, are on the … Read more 


 


 


 

This blog first appeared on the Huffington Post Canada . By Angela Quinlan, Grandmothers Advocacy Network I am a member of the Grandmothers Advocacy Network (GRAN), a non-partisan network of women spread across the country from coast to coast to coast, who are passionate about the human rights of women and children living with HIV/AIDS in sub- Saharan Africa, where the pandemic has had the most devastating effect. We believe every person has the right to know their HIV status; to have the tools available to prevent HIV infection; and if infected to access appropriate antiretroviral (ARV) therapy to enable them to live a long, productive and normal life. Africa … Read more