Peace Corps Recognizes World AIDS Day
The Peace Corps is an implementing agency of the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), which is the U.S. Government initiative to save and improve the lives of those living with and affected by HIV around the world. Peace Corps Volunteers play a unique role in advancing PEPFAR’s goal of achieving an AIDS-free generation, working directly with the populations most affected by the disease. You can read more about how the Peace Corps and PEPFAR work together here and about a newly announced PEPFAR/Peace Corps public-private partnership, the Global Health Service Partnership, here.
Approximately 24 percent of Peace Corps volunteers have a primary assignment in the health sector, and all volunteers are encouraged to contribute to HIV/AIDS education initiatives at some point during their 27-month service. In 2011, the Peace Corps used PEPFAR funds to expand the impact of its global HIV efforts in 47 countries.
We have gathered some pictures that illustrate the many ways in which Peace Corps volunteers are helping to achieve an AIDS-free generation around the world.
Many volunteers organize art or slogan competitions, allowing students to show their creativity and promote awareness of HIV/AIDS. The winners are often displayed after World AIDS Day to educate people year-round.
Marches and demonstrations are another popular activity for World AIDS Day. Many volunteers work with their communities to organize marches, demonstrations and speakers to make HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention a comfortable topic of conversation.
In addition to events to raise awareness, Peace Corps volunteers work with their communities to educate people about HIV/AIDS including transmission, prevention methods and testing. Many volunteers work with groups to raise nutrition levels, generate income and provide support for people living with HIV/AIDS.
Another important aspect of World AIDS Day is honoring those who have died as a result of HIV/AIDS. Candlelight vigils give community members a chance to reflect and remember those people who have passed away or are currently living with HIV/AIDS.
On World AIDS Day 2012, Peace Corps volunteers will celebrate, and in many cases culminate, their work in communities around the world. Volunteers and their partners will host informational sessions, march in parades and identify new and creative ways to work with their communities to reduce stigma and spread the facts. The global fight against AIDS is a shared responsibility and Peace Corps is proud to help PEPFAR achieve its mission of an AIDS-free generation. For more information about Peace Corps volunteer work on HIV/AIDS, visit http://www.peacecorps.gov/learn/whatvol/hivaids/.
- Peace Corps Volunteers Are Leaders in the Fight Against HIV/AIDS
- Peace Corps Volunteers Contribute to Sustainable Responses to the HIV/AIDS Epidemic
- Innovation in Development: The Peace Corps Global Health Service Partnership
- Peace Corps Volunteers Know: Access to Safe Water + Handwashing = Lives Saved
- My Visit to Swaziland: The Country with the World’s Highest HIV Prevalence Rate