On 1 December 2017 South Africa will join the world in commemorating World AIDS Day and this year SANAC has developed a toolkit with the aim of creating one unified look and feel for WAD 2017 in South Africa
The global theme of this year’s World AIDS Day will be “The Right to Health”. The universal and inalienable right to health provides everyone with the right to realize the highest attainable standard of health without discrimination or stigma.
Only by placing human rights at the centre of global health can we ensure that health care is accessible, acceptable, available and of good quality for everyone, leaving no one behind. The AIDS epidemic brought the power of the right to health to the world’s attention.
The AIDS response is built upon the fundamental right to health and well-being and provides the best example of the global expansion of health services. The AIDS response leveraged rights, expanded access to life-saving medicines, expanded health systems and increased access to acceptable and quality health and social protection services, without discrimination or coercion.
The rights-based approach has also benefited the wider health movement, including improving services for tuberculosis, hepatitis C, sexual and reproductive health and non-communicable disease
South Africa’s Theme for World AIDS Day Commemorations: past and present
In 2011, the focus was on universal access to treatment – ‘zero AIDS-related deaths’. In 2012, the attention shifted to HIV prevention and ‘zero new infections’, while World AIDS Day 2014 emphasised the role of stigma and discrimination with ‘zero discrimination’ as the theme. In 2015, World AIDS Day celebrated the role of communities in the response to HIV with the theme ‘Rise. Act. Protect’; while 2016 theme was “It is in our hands to end HIV and TB”.
Theme: ‘I have the right to know, Prevention is my responsibility’.
Slogan: ‘Let Our Actions Count’.
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