World AIDS Day is December 1, 2010. In this audio episode, Kim Buttonow answers questions about progress made towards preventing and treating HIV/AIDS. Kim Buttonow is HIV/AIDS Programs Coordinator for Food for the Hungry.
World AIDS Day is so much more than a time to dwell on what hasn’t been accomplished yet. It is a chance to look back and see how much has been achieved. In the last 5 years, in Ethiopia, Uganda, Mozambique, Kenya, Rwanda and Haiti, Food for the Hungry has reached over 1.5 million youth and adults with messages of prevention and has provided care for over 5,000 orphans and vulnerable children. FH has started treatment centers where there had been little access. Through the efforts of governments, donors and other organizations like FH, treatment has increased nearly 6 times since 2004. Innovations that were once just a dream are nearing real-world usability, and strides are being made in vaccine development.
HIV/AIDS is not only a subject of global concern–it’s an issue embodied by real people every day. In this interview, Kim Buttonow tells the story of a teenager named Claire and the courageous woman who saved her life.
Kim Buttonow is HIV/AIDS Programs Coordinator for Food for the Hungry. Based in Washington, D.C., Kim has worked with Food for the Hungry in countries around the world since 2001.
Change for Life is a new way to bring hope to those suffering from the AIDS crisis, one of the most severe health problems the world has ever faced.
When you get involved with Change for Life, Food for the Hungry will provide your church, Sunday School class, workplace or other group with small containers to collect spare coins for six weeks. As the containers fill up, the accumulation of pocket change will fund the programs that Kim discussed on today’s episode. Get started here.
As World AIDS Day approaches, Kim Buttonow discusses HIV/AIDS in Africa.
The spread of the virus – and whom it affects – may surprise you. Kim shares stories of tragedy and hope in Africa, including this quote from a volunteer in Kenya: “The most important thing we offer to the community is not the skills we have, or the interventions we offer, or even school fees for their children – it is hope.”
Kim Buttonow is HIV/AIDS Program Director at Food for the Hungry.
Learn more about Food for the Hungry’s work on HIV/AIDS in Africa.