With World AIDS Day following Thanksgiving so closely this year, let's be thankful ...
- I'm thankful for global efforts contributing to successes in preventing mother-to-child transmission of HIV. This year UNAIDS reports that in the last decade the number of babies infected by HIV each year has halved. The number still isn't good -- 260,000 babies are newly infected with HIV annually -- but it's getting better. Nearly two thirds of mothers are getting HIV medicines during and after pregnancy, and in some of the world's hardest hit countries, like South Africa, Botswana and Namibia, as many as 90 percent of mothers are getting the medicines they need. We need to help all countries get there.
Let's dream of World AIDS Day as a day of remembrance rather than a call to action. And let's give thanks for what's being done to make this dream a reality.
This blog post is part of a series produced by The Huffington Post, The Global Fund and (RED), in recognition of both World AIDS Day (Dec. 1) and the Global Fund's replenishment launch (taking place in Washington, D.C., December 2-3, where global leaders will determine how much money to allocate to the Global Fund over the next three years). The Global Fund is the Geneva-based financing organization that leads the fight against AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis. (RED) has to date raised $215 million, with 100 percent of that money going to the Global Fund to fund AIDS programs in Africa. To see all the other posts in this series, visit here. To help fight AIDS, check out the "DANCE (RED) SAVE LIVES 2" album here and watch the DANCE (RED) SAVE LIVES 2 livestream on World AIDS Day from Australia here on the Huffington Post.