On this World AIDS Day, the United Methodist Global AIDS Committee wants to thank each of you for your commitment to creating an AIDS-free world and for all the good work you do to eradicate stigma and discrimination against those living with HIV or AIDS. Bravo to each of you!
According to UNAIDS, 36.7 million people globally are living with HIV.
The good news is around 20.9 million people have access to the life-saving medicines. The challenge is ensuring the 15.8 million people in need of treatment secure it!
Additional good news is from 2010 to 2016, new HIV infections among children were reduced by 56% in eastern and southern Africa, the region most affected by HIV, and by 47% globally! This is worth celebrating, but our work is not over by a long shot!
We hope each of you has on your calendar the October 25-27, 2018 United Methodist Global AIDS Conference titled "Breaking Barriers" which will be held at St. Luke's UMC in Indianapolis! Registration information will be sent out at the end of January, and we hope to see all of you there!
We ask for prayers for peace, for strength for those living with HIV or AIDS, and for perseverance for the journey ahead which leads to transformation and healing. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Bishop Julius Trimble, UMGAC Chair
Linda Bales Todd, UMGAC Consultant