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PATH joins organizations worldwide to commemorate World AIDS Day, December 1. Established by the World Health Organization (WHO) in 1988 to raise global awareness of the HIV/AIDS pandemic, the day unites the international community toward progress in prevention and treatment.

According to WHO, more than 33 million people are living with HIV. Sub-Saharan Africa accounts for nearly one-third of new infections and AIDS-related deaths.

PATH is committed to combating HIV/AIDS. Through targeted communications campaigns and educational initiatives in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe, and Latin America, PATH aims to reduce new HIV incidence by encouraging communities to challenge social norms and to examine personal behaviors. We also work with countries to strengthen health systems and services to offer support for individuals and families affected by HIV/AIDS.

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Posted December 1, 2009.