LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Dec. 1, 2012) - World AIDS Day is observed every year on the first day of December.
The World Health Organization established World AIDS Day in 1988 to provide governments, national AIDS programs, faith organizations, and individuals with an opportunity to raise awareness and focus attention on the global AIDS epidemic.
In commemoration of World AIDS Day, the Clinton Presidential Center will display the single largest traveling section of the AIDS Memorial Quilt today, December 1.
The quilt will be on display from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the lawn of the Clinton Center.
This year's quilt display includes panels representing Arthur Ashe, Roy Cohn, Easy E, Keith Haring, Rock Hudson, Richard Hunt, Liberace, Freddie Mercury, Rudolph Nureyev, Anthony Perkins/Peter Allen, Robert Reed, Ryan White, and Pedro Zamora.
More than 100 12-by-12-ft. panels will blanket the lawn in front of the Clinton Center. The quilt panels were hand-sewn by friends and family members of HIV/AIDS victims. Panels are comprised of personalized squares and each square represents a loved one lost to AIDS.
The AIDS Memorial Quilt started in 1987 as both a memorial and a powerful visual communications tool for use in preventing new HIV infections.
The observance highlights the ongoing work of the Clinton Foundation through the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI). CHAI works to improve global health by strengthening health systems in developing countries and expanding access to life-saving treatment for HIV/AIDS, malaria, tuberculosis, and diarrhea.
THV 11's Melissa Dunbar-Gates sat down to learn about the importance of World AIDS Day with Courtney Hampton, Prevention Program Manager with the Arkansas Department of Health and Kevin Holmes the Program Manager of LaCorp.
Today more than 4.5 million people in more than 70 countries are benefiting from medicines purchased under CHAI agreements.
(Source: William J. Clinton Presidential Center)