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October 29 2012
The Calidore String Quartet
On November 30, 2012, AIDS Research Alliance will host the first ever, free, Los Angeles community World AIDS Day concert at The Colburn School (across from the Disney Concert Hall), from 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. We hope you will join us, our community partners, and our sponsors for this exciting inaugural event. The concert is free and open to the public, but you must register to attend.
World AIDS Day began in 1987 with a proposal by two officials at the Global Programme on AIDS at the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland (now known as UNAIDS). Today, government and health officials worldwide observe World AIDS Day every year on December 1st to raise awareness of the HIV/AIDS pandemic. In different countries, World AIDS Day is celebrated in ceremonies, speeches, and even flash mobs. In 1993, Bill Clinton issued the first presidential World AIDS Day proclamation. President Obama has continued these proclamations each year of his presidency, and during last year’s World AIDS Day, he called for an “AIDS free generation.”
This year’s World AIDS Day theme, “Getting to Zero,” selected by the World AIDS Campaign to be used until 2015, emphasizes zero new infections, zero discrimination, and zero AIDS related deaths. The theme encourages greater access to treatment for all, and a call to action for governments to work against HIV/AIDS so that we can achieve President Obama’s call to action.
There are 33.4 million people living with HIV/AIDS worldwide - 800,000 of them in Brazil. We are especially excited to have Brazil’s Ambassador Bath as an honored guest at our World AIDS Day Concert because of Brazil’s leadership in providing all of its citizens with HIV treatment. Since the government has taken on responsibility for HIV treatments for its citizens, Brazil’s HIV prevalence rate has stayed at 0.6 percent since 2004. Brazil has taken bold and innovative steps to “get to zero” by providing HIV treatment for all Brazilians.
We are honored to have LeVar Burton, Emmy Award winning actor, as our Master of Ceremonies for this new event. Dr. David Hardy, Director of the Division of Infectious Diseases at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, and Professor of Medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, will be the keynote speaker, and address our next steps in eradicating the virus. The program will feature classical performances by the Calidore String Quartet and a Colburn Wind Ensemble. Our honored guests include Dr. Michael Gottlieb, the physician known for identifying HIV as a new disease, the Consul General of Brazil in Los Angeles – Ambassador Bruno de Rísios Bath, and Oscar de La O, the president of Bienestar Human Services. Our Presenting Sponsor is Kaiser Permanente. Please join the Los Angeles area community in observing World AIDS Day 2012 at The Colburn School’s Zipper Hall. Space is limited so register now!