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World AIDS Day 2010

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December 1, 2010

December 1 is World AIDS Day. There are 33 million people in the world who live with HIV/AIDS. It is a global health issue that affects men, women, and children. Many of them have no access to health care and the medications that would allow them to continue living with the disease. Now and in the past, the Green Family Foundation (GFF) supports AIDS organizations and develops projects that are involved in HIV/AIDS research,strive for access to appropriate health care and informational outreach.

At the University of Miami's Global Institute we instituted the Green Family Foundation Initiative in Pediatric Infectious Diseases and Immunology and International Health through the Green Family Health Initiative. In 2008 we partnered with musician Alicia Keys, co-founder of Keep a Child Alive (KCA) to sponsor the second annual KCA College Student AIDS Summit. Members of Youth Expressions, a South Florida-based not-for-profit program committed to helping at-risk urban youth,  performed various artistic pieces at colleges around the country as part of the event. The struggle for dignity in the face of HIV, featuring a young man named LaRochelle who was ostracized by his family in Haiti for being HIV-positive, as well as the difficulty Haitians face to obtain basic health care are main topics in Once There Was a Country, a documentary GFF President Kimberly Green created and produced.

We applaud the work that international organizations like Partners in Health, Doctors Without Borders, and Haitian organization GHESKIO (Group for the Study of Karposi's Sarcoma and Opportunistic Infections) are doing on this World AIDS Day. We encourage you to DONATE to these or your favorite HIV/AIDS organization to continue the fight for universal health care access and human rights.