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In 2015, global leaders signed up to the Sustainable Development Goals, with the aim to achieve universal health coverage (UHC) by 2030. The UHC framework now lies at the centre of all health programmes.

To complement the global World AIDS Day 2017 campaign which promotes the theme “Right to health”, the World Health Organization will highlight the need for all 36.7 million people living with HIV and those who are vulnerable and affected by the epidemic, to reach the goal of universal health coverage.

Under the slogan “Everybody counts”, WHO will advocate for access to safe, effective, quality and affordable medicines, including medicines, diagnostics and other health commodities as well as health care services for all people in need, while also ensuring that they are protected against financial risks.

Key messages to achieve univeral health coverage

  • Leave no one behind.
  • HIV, tuberculosis and hepatitis services are integrated.
  • High-quality services are available for those with HIV.
  • People living with HIV have access to affordable care.
  • The HIV response is robust and leads to stronger health systems

GLOBAL HIV STATISTICS

  • 19.5 million people were accessing antiretroviral therapy in 2016.
  • 36.7 million [30.8 million–42.9 million] people globally were living with HIV in 2016.
  • 1.8 million [1.6 million–2.1 million] people became newly infected with HIV in 2016.
  • 1 million [830 000–1.2 million] people died from AIDS-related illnesses in 2016.
  • 76.1 million [65.2 million–88.0 million] people have become infected with HIV since the start of the epidemic.
  • 35.0 million [28.9 million–41.5 million] people have died from AIDS-related illnesses since the start of the epidemic.
  • In 2016, there were 36.7 million [30.8 million–42.9 million] people living with HIV.

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Kelly set a goal to raise $1000.00 for “Happiness House”. The walk was Saturday and between Kelly’s Team, Kate’s Team and Nikki’s Team- they reached that goal. Happiness House has helped Harley a lot…Great Cause!

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Kelly will be doing this walk- if you would like to walk or donate, look for Team Storm to donate (not up yet-keep checking) or contact Kelly.

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Joe is in critical condition (though a small improvement tonight). We need a miracle and can only get there through prayer, hope and belief.

Update: He fighting- let’s send cards for encouragement & support!

Joe & Debby Summa

14013 Clarendon Point Ct.

Huntersville, NC 28078

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Chai is at peace now—free from suffering at the hands of the zoo industry. At 37, Chai would have been at the prime of her life in the wild, and still bearing calves, but Woodland Park Zoo (WPZ) and now the Oklahoma City Zoo (OKC Zoo) bear the responsibility of another elephant dying prematurely. Chai’s life was filled with trauma, starting with being ripped from her mother at only one-year-old. She was beaten at Dickerson Park Zoo, suffered the heartbreak of losing her daughter, Hansa (6), and endured 112 invasive artificial inseminations. WPZ went against science and the will of the vast majority of Seattle residents by moving Chai (and Bamboo) to the OKC Zoo, another inadequate zoo devoid of any quality of life, rather than retiring her to sanctuary. Zoos must stop incarcerating and breeding elephants into a life sentence of misery. DO NOT GO TO ZOO’S OR CIRCUSES that have elephants- they have a right to freedom.

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untitledWorld AIDS Day is held on the 1st December each year and is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died. World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day, held for the first time in 1988.

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Joshua Culver’s squadron is trying to do a bunch of things to make the holidays special for the guys. One of those things is sending cookies!!! We have a goal of getting 340 dozen cookies over there for them. There are about 300 guys in the squadron, and we’d like there to be plenty for them to eat throughout the week of Christmas 🙂

If you’d like to contribute, please mail homemade cookies to this address:
Sgt. Major Misitupa Tueichi (S-1)
SPMAGTF VMM-261
UNIT 34069
FPO AE 09510-4069

Write ‘VMM-261 Operation Cookie Drop’ on the box. You would want to use a priority flat rate box. Cookies would need to be in the mail no later than Dec 6th.

Karen is in and the Scutella’s are in…will you join us! The Carroll’s are in! Sylvia is in, Sue DiSanto and family are in!

Let’s knock the socks off this with DiSanto giving!

(This is a great way to use your Christmas jar- ingredients and postage).

Just a thought- we are going to make rice crispy treats and bar cookies so they won’t end up as crumbs- think sturdy!

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Yesterday Delaney’s soccer team participated in a breast cancer walk. Two of her teammates grandmothers just recovered from breast cancer. It was cold and snowed a little but it was fun and they got in a 3 mile walk!

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Guided by the belief that every life has equal value, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation works to help all people lead healthy,
productive lives. In developing countries, it focuses on improving people’s health and giving them the chance to lift themselves
out of hunger and extreme poverty. In the United States, it seeks to ensure that all people-especially those with the fewest
resources have access to the opportunities they need to succeed in school and life.
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The lovers, the dreamers and me!

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On March 19, Fred Phelps of the Westboro Baptist Church passed away in the night. Who will picket the funeral of the man who picketed so many? Let’s hope, no one.

First because there may be no funeral to picket, and second because — well, we’re better than that.

I know the urge to celebrate his passing is strong. Instead, let’s celebrate all the good he accomplished in his life — completely inadvertently.

It’s a fitting conclusion to the life of someone who, in the course of committing himself so loudly and grotesquely to hate, wound up proving again and again how much love there was in people. He would show up at a funeral with his family and their hideous signs, and others would rally.

A lot of people who set out to do good and advance the cause of love don’t accomplish this much. Thank you to Mr. Phelps, in a strange, strange way, for proving us right. Hate is well-publicized, but small. Love was bigger. He showed up with his signs, and people responded with a Wall of Love. He kept achieving the opposite of what he set out to do. He faxed tons and tons of complaints about — they passed a law against fax harassment. He showed up at funerals with his Hateful Signs, and people gathered to shield the mourners.  He tested our commitment to free speech, even extreme and ugly speech, and — yup, it is still strong.

So don’t dance on the grave. Don’t cheer. It’s an understandable urge. Instead:

-Stop picketing funerals at all, ever, full stop. It is a terrible way of getting attention.
-Play with a kid. Do not hand that kid a hateful sign. Again, this should go without saying.
-Love someone.
-Send someone a thank-you note.
-Call your grandmother.
-Take a nap.
-Make a big colorful sign that says something polite. Take it to a place that is not a funeral.
-Love your neighbor.
-Stand up for someone who is being shouted down.
-Treat people like people.
-Make a sandwich.
-Feel the urge to say something hateful. Don’t succumb. Know you’re better than that. You are.

If his life kept proving anything, it was that.

The Westboro church protested the LORDE concert… (after Fred’s death)

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This is what the crowd did…Beat hate with love!

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