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The Global War on Aids

Bill Gates

"The world is failing billions of people. Rich governments are not fighting some of the world’s most deadly diseases because rich countries don’t have them...

"If these epidemics were raging in the developed world, people with resources would see the suffering and insist that we stop it. But sometimes it seems that the rich world can’t even see the developing world...

"Preventing the spread of HIV is the most durable long-term solution to the AIDS epidemic,
and a top priority for the foundation."

Dignitas International

Dr. Orbinski

Dignitas International believes that everyone has the right to health and dignity. We provide frontline medical care and training, conduct high-impact research, develop innovative models of care, and advocate for changes in health policy to improve the lives of millions in the developing world. Dignitas was founded and is led by Dr. James Orbinski and James Fraser, both formerly of Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF/Doctors Without Borders).

In partnership with the Malawi Ministry of Health, Dignitas has provided life-extending antiretroviral (ARV) therapy to thousands of children and adults in Malawi in southern Africa, a country devastated by the AIDS pandemic. Each month, hundreds of new patients are gaining access to medications that will not only keep them alive and improve their health, but also enable them to work, support their families, contribute to their communities, and allow children to continue their education.

Stephen Lewis

Stephen Lewis - photo:

The situation of people living and dying with AIDS in parts of Africa is so desperate that even the most basic help will bring solace and hope.

Get the latest HIV/AIDS information directly from Stephen Lewis, the former UN Special Envoy on AIDS in Africa and the Co-Director of AIDS-Free World. AIDS-Free World is an international advocacy organization with a small staff that works virtually from a dozen locations in the US and Canada, Africa, the Caribbean and Europe. Staff backgrounds and skills run the gamut of AIDS advocacy, and include specialties in the fields of public speaking, writing and communication; politics and diplomacy; the law; research and analysis; gender and human rights; sociology, public health, development, environment and social justice. AIDS-Free World is a project of Tides Center; AIDS-Free World Canada is a project of Tides Canada Initiatives.

Medecins Sans Frontieres / Doctors Without Borders

Doctors without borders

Our staff sees a visible difference in the health and vibrancy of the patients we treat, as a result of being able to access the care they need.

From one of our patients at a decentralised site in Milongwe:
'I have spent a lot of money trying to access ARVs at Thyolo but I did not succeed. The first two weeks of taking ARVs are wonderful. I felt the difference. I actually can feel life coming back.'

Dr. Peter Piot – UNAIDS

Just imagine what’s going to happen in Africa when there will be 40 million orphans five to ten years from now because their parents died from AIDS. Besides the individual tragedies, this means destabilization of whole societies.

Kofi Annan - Secretary General, United Nations

What sort of people are we? Can we use the words 'compassion', 'humanity', 'dignity' of our fellow man and woman? They all become hollow. We can all do something about AIDS depending on who we are.

A Closer Walk. A film about AIDS in the world. A film about the way the world is.

The spread of AIDS throughout the world is the worst public health crisis in history… The revolution to end this horrible disease will require sustained action on the part of millions of people. "Walk the Walk" in joining the worldwide battle against AIDS. — from A Closer Walk, a film about AIDS in the world. A story about the way the world is.


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