The world today marks yet another important day in the calendar. It is World AIDS Day, this is one of those days that I find close to my heart. This is because, it is one of those days that I learnt about when I was pretty young, and it was through one of the most interesting Kenyan production film I have seen MTV Shuga 1 which featured Nick Mutuma and Lupita Nyong’o.
However this is not one of those days where I am going to be talking about Shuga today, we are talking about the world’s largest pandemic AIDS. The theme for this year’s World Aids Day is Everybody Counts.
These themes which aim at addressing a few issues which are leave no one behind in the fight of HIV/AIDS. HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Hepatitis are integrated, high quality of services that are being available to people suffering from AIDS and the access to affordable health care.
The alarming statistics
Though this issues form the core basis for this year’s World AIDS Day event it is still alarming and a lot of statistics have emerged from the discovery of this disease. For instance the Daily Nation put up alarming statistics about AIDS on its website. A few of them caught my eye and I just have to share them with you.
For instance the number of people getting infected per day is 5000 which means that at least person is being infected every 1.7 seconds.
Africa has also not been spared from these alarming statistics with two thirds of new infections being found in Africa. It is really sad and it is something that the media needs to pick up and start bringing a conversation to it and making sure that our health care is properly talked about.
However a bit of good news from these statistics is that the rate of deaths has been halved in children from 300,000 in 2015 to 160,000 to 2016. Another good thing is that 76% of mothers and pregnant women are able to get ART treatment globally.
This is another thing that is a relief to HIV infected people. Since its introduction in Kenya it has served a lot of people nicely. The drug that is important in protecting the body has been considered as a big help to people who have partners who have HIV/ AIDS. However this does not mean that you won’t have to use protection but it is important to have back up.
The world over the world has come a long way in making sure that we are coming a step closer to making sure that we have fought the world pandemic. It is important in order to make sure that we have had good coverage of the way we view the milestones and the achievements and also the alarming statistics and how we can deal with them.
In short EVERYBODY COUNTS.