Fighting for an AIDS free world, one man at a time

There’s no one person, or one gender that should be in the forefront. We’re calling on men to say how can I, as a man, contribute to an AIDS free generation, to an AIDS free world?

Worldwide, AIDS-related deaths have declined by 51% from their 2004 peak. While that news is cause for hope, there are still roughly 37 million people globally living with HIV, including nearly 26 million in sub-Saharan Africa alone.1 There’s no doubt incredible progress has been made in the fight to end AIDS, but there is still work to be done, including the work of one determined South African man, Ndumiso Madubela, who’s fighting for an AIDS free generation—one man at a time.

With help from The Global Fund and the Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation, Madubela oversees the Men’s Dialogues, a program focused on providing men in high disease burden areas of Cape Town with stronger health education and intervention programs2. The aim is to foster open dialogue about HIV/AIDS, social stigmas and misconceptions—ultimately to help drive awareness and avoid the consequences of risky sexual behaviors.

 
I just recently became a father. I want for my son to grow up in a society where men respect women. I want for him to grow up in a society where young people and young men are responsible. I want for him to grow up in a society that is AIDS free.

One of Madubela’s big challenges is that many high-risk men don’t perceive themselves as such. By providing them with knowledge about HIV/AIDS and giving them a safe space to discuss social and gender norms, Madubela is encouraging a generation of men and women to be respectful to each other and to treat each other as equals.

Madubela has no illusions that the goal of an AIDS free generation will be reached quickly, and he understands that it will require cooperation from all sectors of society, including nonprofits and corporations. “Funding that comes from The Global Fund, and from brands like Bank of America, gives organizations the power to go into high-disease burden communities, engage the most vulnerable and give them access to HIV testing, screening, and information,” he notes. “It’s great to see Bank of America in the forefront…that it’s not just about giving a dollar figure, but that it’s part of their core values.”

Bank of America has committed $20 million to the Global Fund through 2020 toward the fight against AIDS. Together, we have the power to help end AIDS in Africa. Learn more: bankofamerica.com/red

11/19/18

The more than $500 million generated by (RED) is used to finance Global Fund grants in eight African countries — Ghana, Kenya, Lesotho, Rwanda, South Africa, Swaziland, Tanzania and Zambia. Those grants fund programs that provide testing, treatment, prevention, counselling and care services, with a focus on ending mother-to-child transmission of HIV and achieving an AIDS free generation.

1source: UNAIDS, 2018 Factsheet (http://www.unaids.org/en/resources/fact-sheet)
2source: desmondtutuhivfoundation.org.za/mens-dialogue

 

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