December sparks shine light on World Aids, Human Rights and Hope. It’s a magical month of the Festival of Lights — filled with joy, hope, renewal and holiday cheer. The month of December brings us:

WORLD AIDS DAY 2017 – Every December 1st, the world bands together to unite in the fight against HIV. It’s the designated time to help champion the rights of people living with HIV, to commemorate people who have died and to raise awareness. World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day.

December sparks shine aids & human rights

The 2017 World Aids Day campaign theme is “Right to health” using the slogan Everybody Counts. #EverybodyCounts. The World Health Organization (WHO) will highlight the need for people living with HIV and those who are vulnerable and affected by the epidemic, to reach the goal of universal health coverage – one of the 17 Global Goals (SDGs). Universal health coverage in HIV means building stronger HIV response for stronger health systems.

december sparks shine on aids & human rights

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) theme for World Aids Day is “Increasing Impact through Transparency, Accountability, and Partnerships” #WAD2017.

KEY FACTS

Currently, there are 36.7 million people living with aids around the world. In mid-2017, 20.9 million people living with HIV were receiving antiretroviral therapy globally.

    In the United States (US), A new CDC Vital Signs report published November 28th finds that over a four-year period, HIV is being diagnosed sooner after infection than was previously reported. The seven-month improvement is a considerable decrease and reinforces other recent signs that the nation’s approach to HIV prevention is paying off.

    In the United Kingdom (UK), 2017 has seen the first significant reductions in HIV diagnoses for gay men in London, thanks to frequent testing, rapid treatment and pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) http://www.who.int/hiv/topics/prep/en/ for HIV prevention.

    Beginning December 1st, Brazil will introduce PrEP to key high-risk population groups in 35 sites country-wide.

december sparks shine on aids & human rights

INTERNATIONAL DAY OF DISABLED PERSONS. December 3rd. This annual observance was proclaimed in 1992 by the United Nations General Assembly. Today, more than one billion people — approximately 15 percent of the world’s population — live with some form of disability.

The International Day of Disabled Persons aims to promote the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities in all spheres of society and development, and to increase awareness of the situation of persons with disabilities in every aspect of political, social, economic and cultural life. The 2017 Theme is “Transformation towards sustainable and resilient society for all”. The 2030 Agenda — the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) — pledges to “leave no one behind”.

december 10 shines human rights

HUMAN RIGHTS DAY. Observed every year on December 10th, Human Rights Day marks the day in 1948 that the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. In 1950, the Assembly passed resolution 423 (V), inviting all States and interested organizations to annually observe December 10 as Human Rights Day.

16 Days Activism Ending Violence

December 10th also marks the end of a 16-Day campaign advocating to End Violence Against Women.

This year, Human Rights Day kicks off a year-long campaign to mark the upcoming 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the milestone document that proclaimed the inalienable rights which everyone is inherently entitled to as a human being — regardless of race, color, religion, sex, language, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. It is the most translated document in the world, available in more than 500 languages.

So, enjoy the holiday season. Take in the Festival of Lights, the spirit, good cheer and hope for our world and, show your compassion and love this December. Happy Holidays. — Abbe is Socially Sparked™! Tweet @sosparkednews & @asparks01

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