International Cricket Council (ICC), UNAIDS and UNICEF once again join together to use power of cricket and cricket stars to inform the public – and particularly young people – about the importance of HIV prevention and the elimination of discrimination towards people living with HIV. This campaign is called THINK WISE and has been running since 2009, as part of the Global Cricket AIDS Partnership.
Amnesty International Held Designer Auction To Help Fund Their End Female Genital Mutilation Campaign
On the 13th of March, Amnesty International held an auction in Brussels to raise funds for their work to end Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). The auction was comprised of 5 lots from 5 designers including the legendary Belgian designer Walter Van Beirendonck (pictured), our friend and great supporter Adriana Bertini who attended from Brazil as well as super-milliner Elvis Pompilio. All works incorporated paper rose petals that members of the public signed to pledge their support to end FGM.
Grace, a HIV positive woman, passed on the virus to her daughter Tadisa. Tadisa, is now 15 years old and still alive – surprisingly. To the amazement of doctors there are thousands of teenagers like Tadisa who have actually survived over a decade with HIV. It is a surprise because survival beyond five years withhout any treatment is considered to be incredible according to an expert.
We have some really good news from the world of condom innovation today: the Chinese brand Guangzhou Daming United is now producing Aoni, the thinnest condom ever made. Where the usual thickness of condoms is around 0,5-0,8 mm, Aoni condoms are just 0,36 mm, less than the half the average. This is amazing news for those who usually say that condoms change the sensations while having sex. I mean, can you imagine how much 0,36 mm is? It's nothing, it's more or less like the diameter of a human hair. With these nice quasi-invisible gloves on your di**y you'll probably not even notice the difference between that or going totally naked.
Creativity in the fight against HIV/AIDS and stigma is our daily bread, so we're always very happy to see other likeminded initiatives. Today we discovered the project 'A Flag For Uganda', made by a creative agency in Canada by Belgian (!) Roel Beddeleem and Jason Contoro. They took the Ugandan flag and exchanged the background for a rainbow, symbolizing their support for the LGBT community.
Globally, it's estimated that more than 1000 babies are born with HIV daily, and many of them die before the age of two if they do not receive medical attention. In this case babies should receive zidovudine after birth to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV. This medicine protects the babies from infection with any HIV virus that has passed from the mother to the child during birth.
I was so amazed that Rio Dewanto, one of my favorite actors, is joining an HIV-AIDS campaign in Indonesia. I saw his interview on Youtube, where he explains about his self as an actor and he also asks people to get tested on HIV. The campaign that he has been doing is called TemanTeman!
Jared Leto won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor thanks the role he played in ‘Dallas Buyers Club', a movie we have followed and loved from the very beginning some days before it was presented last September at the Toronto Film Festival.
I think that you can find the main reason of this success in the words Leto used in his acceptance speech. "This is for the 36 million people who have lost the battle to AIDS and to those of you out there who have ever felt injustice because of who you are or who you love, tonight I stand here in front of the world for you".
Enter our territory and follow the days of the lives of the protagonists of our project. On this page they will tell you everything about their work with Bali Against Aids. This blog will be their online diary: an opportunity for them to share their experiences and to give you a sneak peak into their life.
Enjoy the ride!