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Hope DinnerThe global HIV/AIDS epidemic is one of catastrophic proportions - 25 million deaths around the world, 33.2 million people currently infected with the virus, and 15 million children orphaned. Every day, there are 14,000 new infections worldwide. This disease is decimating the world's poor, and yet, for many Americans, the AIDS epidemic is just a grave plight on a distant continent.
Several years ago, a group of globally engaged students committed to the fight against HIV/AIDS created an organization to limit the impact of the disease in one area of the world most heavily afflicted - India. The International Alliance for the Prevention of AIDS (IAPA) provides community based HIV education services, HIV positive support and advocacy services, capacity building services for community based organizations, and health development programs in Chennai, India. By working together with local communities, we strive to provide hope - hope that new infections can be averted, hope that the lives of those already infected can be extended, hope that individuals already infected will not face stigma, and hope that one day HIV will no longer decimate families and communities.
To this end, we are having our 7th annual fundraising event to be held March 30, 2013 at the Sheraton Downtown Phoenix. To curb the spread of HIV in India, a country with an estimated 2.4 million number of HIV positive Individuals. IAPA envisages to accomplish this through educational initiatives in schools and the community at large, encouraging testing and counseling services, public-private partnerships between Indian and US universities, and the creation of a sustainable, multinational and multicultural effort to fight the disease.
Click here for the 7th Annual Hope in the Face of AIDS Gala 2013.
2012 Event Photos