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World AIDS Day 2023 Message

December 01, 2023 | Jennifer Gonzales

World AIDS Day Video

As we observe World AIDS Day 2023 under the theme "Let the communities lead," I am inspired by the collective strength and resilience that communities affected by HIV/AIDS continue to demonstrate. It is a day to reflect on our progress, acknowledge the challenges ahead, and, most importantly, celebrate the vital role that communities play in the response to HIV.

At the Center for International Health, Education, and Biosecurity (Ciheb), we recognize the power of communities in driving positive change. Our mission aligns with the idea that empowering communities is essential for developing effective strategies to reach those most in need. As we join the global call to action, let us reaffirm our commitment to supporting communities on the frontline of the HIV response. World AIDS Day 2023’s theme rightly emphasizes the importance of community organizations in delivering innovative solutions. From the distribution of self-tests to the implementation of Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) and ensuring immediate linkage to treatment, communities are at the forefront of breaking the transmission chain.

Achieving an undetectable viral load is not only a personal triumph but a significant contribution to ending the spread of the virus. This World AIDS Day serves as a reminder that we must create an environment that facilitates and supports the pivotal role of communities in delivering HIV services. A regulatory framework that promotes equity, rights, and community-led approaches is crucial for sustained progress. At Ciheb, we are committed to working hand in hand with communities to combat HIV/AIDS in resource-limited regions globally. Our network of experts collaborates with local stakeholders to ensure that health-related threats are addressed comprehensively.

With nearly 600 program staff in eight countries, we are dedicated to providing technical assistance at all levels – from the facility to the national programming level. Let us embrace the theme "Let the communities lead" not just as a slogan but as a guiding principle in our collective journey toward the elimination of AIDS. With the active participation of everyone involved – community members, stakeholders, and partners – we can make strides towards a world free from the impact of HIV/AIDS. Thank you for your unwavering support, and together, let us empower communities and work towards a healthier, more equitable world.


Center for International Health, Education, and Biosecurity
Institute of Human Virology

Anthony Okoth
Regional Communications Specialist

Jennifer Gonzales