World AIDS Week events: Odede talk, candlelight vigil, & more

This week – that is, Nov. 17th-21st – is World AIDS Week 2008. Emily Hoffman ’10 describes it as “a week when individuals and organizations from around the world come together to bring attention to the global AIDS epidemic. 2008 marks the 20th anniversary of World AIDS Week.”

All sorts of events are planned for the week. We were late in posting this, so you already missed what was supposed to be a great lecture yesterday (sorry!) but check out some of the other events planned for this week:

Tuesday, November 18th (TONIGHT), 7 pm, PAC 002

Talk with Kennedy Odede, Wesleyan Freshman: Kennedy will speak about growing up in Kenya and the toll AIDS took on his hometown.

Wednesday, November 19th, 7 pm, Olin Lobby

Candlelit Vigil: Middletown residents will speak about their experiences living with HIV.

Friday, November 21, 10:30 pm, WestCo Cafe

a dance party!

ALL WEEK, Usdan:

Come visit us at our table and sign a letter urging the U.S. to allocate sufficient funds for the Global Fund! The Global fund is a program that funds over 500 programs worldwide that fight TB, Malaria, and AIDS. By 2010 the program will need 6-8 billion dollars in order to continue funding its programs. It is imperative that the U.S. maintain a its role as a strong donor in order for other donors to continue supporting the fund, and for it to remain strong.

T-shirts will also be on sale in Usdan for $6. All money goes to the Treatment Action Campaign (T.A.C.).

T.A.C.campaigns for treatment for people with HIV and to reduce new HIV infections. Their efforts have resulted in many life-saving interventions, including the implementation of country-wide mother-to-child transmission prevention and antiretroviral treatment programs.

Sponsored by The Student Global AIDS Campaign (SGAC) and AIDS and Sexual Health Awareness (ASHA)

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