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Ghanaian AIDS advocate cycles the globe to raise awareness andleadership on HIV....Interesting story...
Aug 30th, 2011 - 17:45:19
Author: UNAIDS website
Dear GYCAers, Please read through the interesting story of a great and
strong advocate in Ghana. I'ld love to take a cue from him so likewise you
AIDS advocate Shisu Alhaji Yakubu of Ghana has biked 238 000 kilometres to
raise awareness about HIV. After travelling to New York to participate in
the UN General Assembly High Level Meeting on AIDS that took place from 8-10
June, Mr Yakubu says he will now embark on a bike ride from Vienna to
Washington, DC to attend the next International AIDS Conference to be held
in the United States in 2012.
Mr Yakubu attended the UN High Level Meeting specifically to meet UNAIDS
Executive Director Michel Sidibé. I came here all the way from Africa to
say thank you, he explained. In addition to meeting Mr Sidibé, he cycled to
New York City to demand world leaders participating in the High Level
Meeting to join forces with the voices calling for a stronger AIDS response.
In unity lies strength, so the old adage goes, said Mr Yakubu. I would
therefore earnestly appeal to our leaders and people living in West Africa
to unite against the stigma attached to the disease, he said.
Mr Yakubu developed an interest for voluntary work when he was still in
school, after having seen the difficulties faced by children orphaned by
AIDS. When Planned Parenthood Association of Ghana selected him to represent
his region of Brong-Ahafo in mid-western Ghana at the First National Youth
Conference in Akropong, Mr Yakubu decided to harness his "voluntary spirit"
in this direction.
During the youth conference, he says, he realized the alarming rate at which
HIV was spreading in Ghana and other sub-Saharan countries. "Something must
be done," he decided. "It was about time non-governmental organizations,
community-based organizations, religious organizations and civil society all
came together and joined the response. HIV is not a health issue any more.
It's an issue about you and me."
Please read this interesting story and lets join Yakubu to make a great
change for our world.
Yours' in Prevention Science
Regional Focal Point - West Africa
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