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World AIDS Day 2010

World AIDS Day which falls on 1 December is celebrated to raise awareness against AIDS worldwide epidemic caused by the spread of the HIV virus.

This concept was conceived at the Ministerial Meeting of World Health on Programmes for AIDS Prevention in 1988. Since then, he began to be observed by the government, international organizations and charities around the world.

World AIDS Day was first coined in August 1987 by James W. Bunn and Thomas Netter, two public information officers for the Global Programme on AIDS World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland. Bunn and Netter convey their ideas to Dr. Jonathan Mann, Director of the Global Programme on AIDS (now known as UNAIDS). Dr. Mann liked the concept, approved, and agreed with the recommendation that the first World AIDS Day will be held on December 1, 1988.

Bunn suggested December 1, to ensure coverage by the western news media, something he believed was essential to the success of World AIDS Day. He felt that because 1988 was an election year in the U.S. media outlets will be exhausted by their post-election coverage and eager to find new stories to cover. Bunn and Netter feel that the December 1 for a long time after the election and quite close to the Christmas holidays so that, basically, that date is the date of death in the news calendar and thus the right time for World AIDS Day.

Bunn, who previously worked as a reporter who covered this epidemic to the PIX-TV in San Francisco, together with the manufacturer, Nansy Saslow, also think about and start the "AIDS Lifeline" ("Rope Life AIDS") - a public awareness campaign and education health syndicated to various television stations in the U.S.. "AIDS Lifeline" Peabody Award, a local Emmy, and the first National Emmy ever given to a local station in the U.S..

On June 18, 1986, a project "AIDS Lifeline" was awarded the "Presidential Citation for Private Sector Initiatives", which was presented by President Ronald Reagan. Bunn was then asked by Dr. Mann, on behalf of the U.S. government, to take a two-year leave from his reporting duties to join Dr. Mann (a epidemolog for the Center for Disease Control) and help to create the Global AIDS Program. Bunn received it and was appointed as the first Public Information Officer for the Global Programme on AIDS. Together with Netter, he is creating, designing, and implementing the first Sednia AIDS Day - now awareness and disease prevention initiative that lasted the longest of its kind in the history of public health.)

United Nations Joint Programme on HIV / AIDS (UNAIDS) became operational in 1996, and took over the planning and promotion of World AIDS Day. Rather than focus on a single day, World AIDS Campaign UNAIDS created in 1997 to perform communication, prevention and education throughout the year.

In the first two years, the theme of World AIDS Day focuses on children and young people. These themes were strongly criticized at the time because it ignores the fact that people of any age can become infected with HIV and suffering from AIDS. But this theme draws attention to the epidemic of HIV / AIDS, to help lift the stigma surrounding this disease, and help increase recognition of the problem as a family disease.

In 2004, the World AIDS Campaign became an independent organization.

The theme of World AIDS Day 1988 - present
1988 Communications
1989 Youth
1990 Women and AIDS
1991 Sharing Challenges
1992 Community Commitment
1993 Time for Action
1994 AIDS and Family
1995 Shared Rights, Shared Responsibilities
1996 One World. One Hope
1997 Children Living in a World with AIDS
1998 Strength for Change: World AIDS Campaign With Young People
1999 Listen, Learn, Live: World AIDS Campaign with Children and Young People
2000 AIDS: Men Make a Difference
2001 I Care. What about you?
2002 Stigma and Discrimination
2003 Stigma and Discrimination
2004 Women, Girls, HIV and AIDS
2005 Stop AIDS. Keep the Promise
2006 Stop AIDS. Keep the Promise - Accountability
2007 Stop AIDS. Keep the Promise - Leadership
2008 Stop AIDS. Keep the Promise - Lead - Empower - Give
2009 Stop AIDS. Keep the Promise - Universal Access and Human Rights

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