World AIDS Day

World AIDS Day is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, to show their support for people living with  and to commemorate people who have died from HIV or AIDS related illnesses. World AIDS Day was first held in 1988 and is held on the first of December each year.

The challenge

Globally, there are estimated to be 37 million people today living with HIV; two-thirds of those affected are in sub-Saharan Africa, though there are few countries in the world where there are not people living with HIV. In the UK there are over 100,000.

These days, fewer people are dying and education is helping people to be more aware of the issues presented by HIV. Even so, in 2014 there were 1.2million deaths and 2 million new infections worldwide.

Advent calendar

Starting 1 December, this is made up of 24 colourful cards, which will make an attractive decoration for your home or church. Each day focuses on some aspect of Christmas or one of the HIV projects we support around the world; based on that focus, you are invited to make a contribution each day, and then send the total amount raised to the HIV Programme.

There is no cost for this special calendar, because we are hoping it will raise us lots of money; a contribution towards the cost of postage would be welcome, however. Email the HIV Programme for your copy now.

Resources to help you get involved

Commemorate World AIDS Day

World AIDS Day is held on December first each year. This is a time when we remember people who have died from AIDS -related illnesses and people who are living with HIV; a time to give thanks for the progress that has been made and to reflect on what still needs to be done. It is an opportunity for people around the world to unite to eradicate AIDS and show support for people living with HIV. It is a time to commit anew to ensuring that no one is left behind.

What can you do? Here are some ideas:

Plan a church service on or around 1 December. A suggested order of service has been prepared by the WCC-EAA with support from the HIV strategy group and World Council of Churches staff. Share messages and actions suggested by UNAIDS for World AIDS Day: Postcards, graphics, social media messages are available on their World AIDS Days.

Find more resources and inspiration from past World AIDS Days.