World AIDS Day Message from Carolyn Woo

December 1 is World AIDS Day, a time when we pause to reflect on the ways in which the HIV pandemic has changed our world, when we celebrate the exciting progress made in the fight against HIV, while mourning the multitude of lives it has claimed.

Many challenges remain but this year we have good reason to be optimistic. Last week UNAIDS reported that Africa has cut AIDS-related deaths by one third. And in the last two years the number of people receiving lifesaving antiretroviral medication has increased by more than 60%, to 8 million. However, there are still 7 million people in need of medicine who can’t get it. And in some parts of the world the epidemic is growing.

At CRS, our mission calls us to reach out with compassion to those affected by HIV, to assist those in need. That is why our staff and partners are on the front lines of the global response. We now have HIV and AIDS projects in 62 countries in the most vulnerable areas of the developing world. This year, CRS will directly help more than 2.5 million people affected by HIV, including more than 400,000 children.

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