World AIDS Day set for Dec. 1

World AIDS Day on Dec. 1 is intended to draw together people from around the world to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS and demonstrate international solidarity in the face of the pandemic, according to the World Health Organization.

The day is one of the most visible opportunities for public and private partners to spread awareness about the status of the pandemic and encourage progress in HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment and care in high prevalence countries and around the world.

This year Education International invites teachers and students around the world to spend "One Hour on AIDS."

EI has created a “One hour on AIDS” activity kit and lesson plan that it hopes will be taught in thousands of schools and union offices worldwide. It can be found at

There are now 33.4 million people living with HIV, according to 2008 figures released by the WHO. An estimated 2.7 million were newly infected with the virus and 2 million died of AIDS the same year. Sub-Saharan Africa remains the region most heavily affected by HIV. In 2008, sub-Saharan Africa accounted for 67 percent of HIV infections worldwide, 68 percent of new HIV infections among adults and 91 percent of new HIV infections among children. The region also accounted for 72 percent of the world’s AIDS-related deaths in 2008.