December 1, 2011


So as we start December, rather wide eyed and wondering how time has flown so quickly, we should really remind ourselves that today is World AIDS Day.
HIV AIDS threatens the lives of everyone, but in particular, young people.

Scary huh?

One of the UN Millennium Development Goals set by government leaders across the globe in 2000 is to have halted and begun to reverse the spread of HIV and AIDS by 2015. The harsh reality is however that today HIV and AIDS are still a pandemic of enormous proportions. Of the 7,100 people newly infected with HIV every day, half are under 25 years old.

In Europe AIDS isn't really at the forefront of everyone's minds; it doesn't strike most young people as an issue that would affect them. The Caribbean has an alarmingly high AIDS rate, as does Barbados in particular. Higher prevalence rates are found only in sub-Saharan Africa, making the Caribbean the second-most affected region in the world.Half of adults living with the virus are women.
Recently,a huge movement has introduced a new way of trying to tackle the issue of AIDS.

Dance4Life is an international movement based here in Amsterdam. Their main aims are to push back HIV and AIDS and to improve young people's Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights in order to create social change. Dance4life aims to have created one million active participating youth by 2014 as a last urgent call to the world leaders to keep their promises around the Millennium Development Goals. Dance4Life has picked up speed in Barbados where it is so desperately needed.

I love this video and I hope their simple and inspiring approach can help change the way the world deals with the issue of HIV AIDS.


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