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World AIDS Day 2010: Pray for renewed commitment to HIV response

22. October 2010

    2010 is the year by which world governments promised to provide Universal Access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support to all who needed it. As the year draws to a close, we know that this goal will not be achieved despite recent laudable progress in increasing access to treatment. Thus, World AIDS Day 2010 provides a timely opportunity to reflect upon the reality of the HIV pandemic today and to pray for renewed passion, wisdom and action to uphold the human dignity and rights of all people living or at risk of being infected with HIV.

    What Can You Do?

    A worship service - newly developed by the EAA for use on or around 1 December 2010 - offers information, insights and meditation on the importance of linking efforts to fight hunger with those to comprehensively address HIV. It explores that idea that medicines alone are not enough; a comprehensive and sustainable response to HIV must also involve the protection of human dignity and rights, including the right to food. Hold this service in your church, school or organization in order to pray and stand in solidarity with people of faith and members of wider civil society around the world.

    The liturgy is available online in English and Spanish at: http://www.e-alliance.ch/en/s/hivaids/world-aids-day/. French and German versions will be available soon.  Please feel free to adapt the service according to your local context. The service can be used on its own or as part of an event supporting the Light for Rights campaign promoted by the World AIDS Campaign.

    Advance Notice: Continue the reflection into Advent

    On World AIDS Day, the EAA will launch its new online Advent Calendar on HIV.  Written by a diverse cross-section of Christians from around the globe, reflections on current HIV issues will lead readers in daily Biblical reflection and prayer. Access the calendar online via www.e-alliance.ch starting 1 December or email mkretz@e-alliance.ch to receive daily email updates.


The Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance is a broad international network of churches and Christian organizations cooperating in advocacy on food and HIV and AIDS. The Alliance is based in Geneva, Switzerland. For more information, see http://www.e-alliance.ch/

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