U-M World AIDS Week 2011

World AIDS Week @ U-M!

What is World AIDS Week (WAW)?
World AIDS Day is celebrated on December 1 each year around the world. It has become one of the most recognised international health days and a key opportunity to raise awareness, commemorate those who have passed on, and celebrate victories such as increased access to treatment and prevention services. Here at the University of Michigan, events are planned throughout the week to raise awareness, resulting in World AIDS Week. This year’s theme is “Getting to Zero.” For more on the history of World AIDS Day, click here.
How can I participate?
There are many events planned this year and they take a variety of approaches to promoting HIV/AIDS awareness on campus. There are educational events, film screenings, art exhibits, a pop opera performance, HIV testing every day and other great events. By offering a wide array of events the World AIDS Week Committee hopes to have something to appeal to everyone! To view the week’s events, go to the U-M WAW website, and click on the events calendar link. Planning to attend? RSVP on the U-M WAW facebook page.
Even more ways to participate! You can follow the twitter conversation using hashtag #waw11. (Please retweet!) If you would like to show your support by buying a World AIDS Week t-shirt or pin, visit this website.
Who is hosting WAW?
The events are being hosted by over 20 student and community organizations that have worked together to ensure diversity of events and to reach as many students and members of the community as possible. The World AIDS Committee works with these organizations to compile the full calendar of events, share ideas with event planners, facilitate testing at events as well as fundraise to support HIV/AIDS service organizations that are selected by members of the committee.
What programs are supported in this year’s WAW?
This year, the World AIDS Week committee is proud to support three organizations.
  • The first is our local HIV/AIDS Resource Center (HARC) which is the only organization providing comprehensive HIV/AIDS services in Washtenaw County, as well as the counties of Livingston, Lenawee, and Jackson.
  • The second organization is Fundacion Tejedores de Vida, located in Bogota, Colombia. Fundacion Tejedores de Vida provides support services such as medical advice, legal help, job training, and many other services that improve the social well-being and health or individuals affected by HIV/AIDS. Many of the beneficiaries of the Fundacion are poor, LGBT members of the community that are able to find a place of acceptance at the Foundation.
  • Additionally, the World AIDS Week Committee is selling HIV Awareness Ribbon Pins to support Maxfacta, an orphan support program in the Kibera slum of Nairobi, Kenya. The pins are hand made by the women who staff the small home for orphans as well as by the children themselves.

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