Start planning now for World AIDS Day 2005 !
"Stop AIDS. Keep the Promise"
Greetings from AAIM!
We are rapidly approaching the AIDS International Day on
This is a reminder of this important occasion, when all
around the world, people will commemorate the devastating
impact of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in our societies. The theme
for 2005 is: "Stop AIDS. Keep the Promise"
December 1st is a special opportunity for HIV/AIDS Awareness
for our church members and the communities they
represent. It is also a great opportunity for witnessing
and sharing Jesus' love and compassion toward the people
infected and affected by this disease.
Some fields prefer to prepare a program only for December
1st, while other fields prefer to hold programs that will
last the entire week before or after December 1st. It is
suggested that a strong accent should be put on:
1) "Healthy Lifestyle", The SDA Health Message
2) STIs and HIV/AIDS Prevention and Education
3) How to become involved in the AIDS Ministry and help
people living with HIV and AIDS
4) Reaching out to the communities touched by the
HIV/AIDS epidemic - HIV/AIDS Impact Mitigation - Matthew
5) Living with HIV - How to overcome HIV/AIDS with the
help of the Great Healer, Jesus-Christ - Participation of
6) HIV/AIDS, A Ministry of Love and Compassion -
Spiritual support and assistance for PLWHA and Orphans
7) "Each SDA Church a Support Center for the Community"
through “church based HIV/AIDS support groups” (for more
information on this item, you can contact us at:
These are just some examples of focus areas that could be
developed in short presentations/debates, together with
other activities. Public presentations, parades, and
advocacy represent successful avenues to reach a greater
number of people and improve the public perception of this
problem and the Adventist approach to it.
Additional ideas and suggestions to commemorate this
important day can be
We hope and pray that through your programs many people all
over the continent of Africa will receive Jesus' touch of
love and compassion and become fully aware of this terrible
scourge that is decimating entire populations in the world
and most particularly in this continent.
May our Lord Jesus-Christ inspire and empower each of us as
we share His unconditional love and acceptance for each and
everyone suffering from HIV/AIDS. "...When He saw the
multitudes, Jesus was moved with compassion for them..."
Let our churches become refuges of healing and hope for all
people and active support centers for the communities. "Our
Father in Heaven is not willing that any of these little
ones should be lost..." Matthew 18:14
May God bless you as you prepare for this important event!
With kind Christian regards,
Dr. Oscar A. Giordano, MD., MPH.
AAIM Executive Director
GC, Adventist-AIDS International Ministry
Tri-Divisional Africa Office
30 Peter Place, Randburg, Johannesburg, South Africa
Mailing address: P.O. Box 1823 – Cramerview - 2060
– South Africa
Office: (+27) 11-463-1501
Cell: (+27) 728210429
Fax: (+27) 11-463-3951