Commemoration of Worlds AIDS day In Dharamshala

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Organised by CHOICE—HIV/AIDS Initiative SFT – India RTYC RTWA
World AIDS Day on 1 December brings together people from around the world to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS and demonstrate international solidarity in the face of the pandemic. The World Health Organization recognizes the day as an opportunity for public and private partners to spread awareness about the status of the pandemic and encourage progress in HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment and care in high prevalence countries and around the world. December 1, World AIDS Day has become one of the most recognized international health days to increase awareness, fight against the prejudices, and to mobilize community at grassroots level in the global fight against HIV/AIDS. Ever since the disease was first discovered in 1981, more than 25 million people have died so far. Approximately 34 million people are living with HIV/AIDS according to UNAIDS 2011 statistics. Although India has reported a 50% decline in new HIV infection in the last 10 years, the vast landmass and huge population of India makes it the world’s third largest country living with HIV/AIDS infection. The Tibetan refugee population living in India falls under high risk categories due to high mobility, poverty and lack of access to proper healthcare facilities. According to the Central Tibetan Administration’s (CTA) Demographic survey of Tibetans in Exile 2009, HIV/AIDS is one of the 15 leading causes of death in the Tibetan exile community. To mark World AIDS Day 2012, a day-long awareness program will be held in McLeod Ganj with the theme — Getting Zero: ZERO NEW INFECTION, ZERO DISCRIMINATION and ZERO AIDS RELATED DEATHS. CHOICE—HIV/AIDS Initiative, along with the Students For a Free Tibet –India, Regional Tibetan Youth Congress and Regional Tibetan Women’s Association Dharamshala will be organising the campaign. Programme I. 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. : HIV/AIDS Awareness Campaign at McLeod Ganj square II. 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. : Movie Screening and Discussion at TCV Day School, McLeod Ganj

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Please sign this petition to strongly urge Shri S. M. Krishna, The Minister of External Affairs to make a strong and clear statement acknowledging the crackdown in Tibet, and to highlight the human rights violations being carried out in Tibet today. We will deliver this petition on October 2nd, 2012 - Gandhi Jayanti - a day that symbolizes our nation’s ability to reject colonial rule, to recognize freedom as our birthright, and to regain our independence. National wide Candle Light Vigil wil be organised by our Indian Members and supporters in all the Indian major cities that day. Tibet Needs You Now! Students for a Free Tibet, India (SFT India) is the India National Network of Students for a Free Tibet International, which has over 650 chapters in more than 35 countries. We are a Non-Profit Organization funded entirely by our members and supporters. Founded in the year 2000 from a very humble beginning as a loose network of few young activists and students based in Dharamshala campaigning for Tibet’s Independence, SFT India has grown as nation-wide network of youth, campaigning for the Fundamental Rights of the Tibetan people, and we are still growing. It is from our grassroots network that we gain our strength. To ensure the effectiveness of our grassroots network, we create awareness and sensitize the world on the just cause of Tibet. We believe that young people can and must take responsibility to change our world for the better.
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