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2008-11-28: City marked World AIDS Day

WORLD AIDS Day is observed Internationally annually on the 1st of December, as part of its commemorations, the City of Johannesburg has been embarking on different activities as a build up.

The City Of Johannesburg has been conducting HIV and AIDS Awareness Campaign from 17th November until 1st December 2008 in line with Gauteng HIV and AIDS Strategy.

About 3120 volunteers had been participating in the door-to-door community awareness campaign. At the workplace, a total of 300 peer educators had been participating in the conducting of office-to-office education.

Education covers the importance of testing for HIV and increase the level of HIV and AIDS awareness and understanding in the community and at the workplace. It also highlights social issues fuelling the HIV epidemic: poverty, gender imbalances, substance abuse, and sexual abuse. The campaign also seek to promote available services in the community, community health centres and at workplace in the support for people infected and affected by the epidemic.

The City of Johannesburg's HIV and AIDS awareness programme include the following events:

On 17 November 2008, the City launched a citywide door-to-door awareness campaign at Princess Informal Settlement in Region C.
On 17 November 2008, the City launched Sport Heroes Walk against HIV and AIDS from Maponya Mall to Kimberly.
On 19 November 2008, councillors and senior officials visited Ebenezer Care Centre at Sweetwater's in Region G for painting of the centre. 
On 01 December 2008, Executive Mayor Councillor Amos Masondo will handover R1.2 million to 25 Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO) that support infected and affected ones. The NGOs will be benefiting from Johannesburg Mayoral AIDS Funds, which was established in 2002 as part of the Johannesburg AIDS Council programmes. 
On 01 December 2008 the City will launch workplace wellness Voluntary Counseling and Testing (VCT) site in Region D to increase access to VCT services.
On 02 December 2008, the City will host “EVERY CHILD'S BIRTHDAY” targeting 1000 orphans and vulnerable children at Emmarentia Botanical Gardens.
The City has seen a slight drop in HIV infection rate from 30.6% in 2006 to 29.7% in 2007. This drop is a result of initiatives like the Jozi Ihlomile programme and increased access to voluntary counseling and HIV testing provided in all health facilities in the City of Johannesburg.

During this period and beyond, communities are encouraged to participate in the campaign by supporting and allowing identifiable volunteers into their homes.