December 1 is celebrated as the World AIDS Day.
The HIV/AIDS epidemic is seen by the United Nations Organization as one of the biggest problems of the today's world. Within last twenty years more than 56 million people have been infected with HIV, a number that equals to the population of Great Britain. Approximately 22 million of deaths have been registered due to AIDS. The figure includes 4.3 million of children deaths. (Information based on data available at: http://www.unic.un.org.pl/aids/dzien.php).
Fighting AIDS is supported by the Development Co-operation Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland. Through the project entitled „Education, prophylaxis, diagnosis and care of people living with HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis among Angolan population in Kifangondo" implemented by the Divine Word Missionaries Centre for Missionary Animation, the Ministry finances basic HIV tests among the inhabitants of Kifangodo.
The Secretary General Message on the occasion of World AIDS Day (December 1, 2006) can be found at: http://data.unaids.org/pub/PressStatement/2006/sg-worldaidsday2006.rev.pdf.