According to estimates by the World Health Organization (WHO), linked to the United Nations, around 33.4 million people in the world are infected with HIV/Aids. Of those, 25.3 million live in Africa. Former president Nelson Mandela, who was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize and whose life has been an inspiration throughout the world, delivered a speech on Aids in 2000. Following are some excerpts.
Unity of purpose
In the face of the great threat posed by HIV-Aids, we have to rise above our differences and combine our efforts to save our people. History will judge us harshly if we fail to do so now, and right now.
A tragedy of unprecedented proportions is unfolding in Africa. Aids today in Africa is claiming more lives than the sum total of all wars, famines and floods, and the ravages of such deadly diseases as malaria
HIV-Aids is having a devastating impact on families, communities, society and economies.
Earlier this week, we were shocked to learn that, within South Africa, one in two - that is half - of our young people will die of Aids.
Something must be done, as a matter of the greatest urgency, and with nearly two decades of dealing with the epidemic, we now do have some experience of what works.
HIV infection can be prevented through investing in information for young people. Promoting abstinence, safe sex, and the use of condoms, and ensuring the early treatment of sexually transmitted diseases are some of the steps needed.
Choose among the following strategies, the one that is most likely to help prevent the infection and spread of HIV/Aids.
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