UN partners with Italian foundation to promote AIDS education in Africa

Hundreds of thousands of students in four southern African countries stand to benefit from HIV and AIDS prevention education thanks to a new partnership between the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and Italy’s Fondazione Virginio Bruni Tedeschi.

World AIDS Day marked with calls for renewed leadership to fight epidemic

Marking the 20th annual World AIDS Day, top United Nations officials have called for renewed leadership to tackle the global HIV and AIDS epidemic which has already claimed over 25 million lives worldwide.

UN-backed Global Fund treats nearly 1.5 million living with HIV

Almost doubling last year’s results, the United Nations-backed Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria announced today that over 1.4 million people living with HIV have received antiretroviral (ARV) treatment through programmes it supports.

HIV/AIDS threatening livestock production, UN agriculture agency warns

HIV/AIDS is affecting not only humans but is also dramatically impeding livestock production, which is the main source of income for rural households, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) cautioned today.

Secretary-General convenes information session on HIV in UN workplace

On the eve of World AIDS Day, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today convened an orientation session on HIV in the United Nations workplace as part of his efforts to ensure that the world body becomes a model in responding to the virus.

UN-backed (PRODUCT)RED campaign reaches $50 million contribution mark

The United Nations-supported (PRODUCT)RED initiative has received more than $50 million in contributions since its inception last year, bolstering the efforts of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, organizers announced today.

One-third of adults in rich nations are ignorant about AIDS, UN-backed study finds

In what should serve as a wake-up call ahead of World AIDS Day, a new United Nations-backed survey shows that about one third of the people in seven wealthy nations admit they know little or nothing about the global HIV and AIDS crisis, and 25 per cent believe problems associated with the epidemic are “greatly exaggerated” by the media.

New UN manual launched to help vulnerable rural youth in Africa

To help children who are made ever more vulnerable by the HIV/AIDS epidemic in sub-Saharan Africa, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and UN World Food Programme (WFP) has launched a new manual on how to establish farm schools to teach orphans crucial skills.

New UN report spotlights critical link between hunger, health and HIV/AIDS

In a major report released today ahead of World AIDS Day, observed on 1 December, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has called for paying greater attention to the link between hunger and health, pointing out that food is often cited as the greatest need by people living with HIV/AIDS.

Revised UN estimates show over 33 million people worldwide living with HIV

A new report released today by two United Nations agencies puts the number of people living with HIV at about 33.2 million, down from last year’s estimate of 39.5 million, attributing the decrease to more accurate data collection and analysis.