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By Charlize Theron
Posted on: 22 January 2013 | Voices
In the relatively short time AIDS has been known to the world, it has divided communities. It has killed because of stigma and ignorance. It has left millions of orphans. And it has caused untold suffering in sickness and death. My home country of South Africa has felt the impact of this pandemic in a way that is simply unacceptable. It's nearly impossible to be South African and not have been affected by HIV/AIDS in some way.
The scars that have been left by this disease are felt globally and will never go away, but we can beat it.
I founded my Africa Outreach Project, CTAOP, because I believe that working to help keep youth safe from HIV is pivotal to turning the tide. We work with community-engaged organizations in Africa that address the key drivers of the disease. It's exciting to see the momentum building in the youth to take responsibility and ownership over their own health.
Seeing this progress on the ground, and knowing the advances made on a global scale are encouraging, but we need to continue the fight. This is why I'm in Davos this week at the World Economic Forum annual meeting as an advocate for the millions of Africans whose lives depend on programs funded by the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. While I'm there, I'd like to take the opportunity to tell the participating politicians and CEOs a few things:
We all get to decide what we want to do to make something better in our world. Supporting the Big Push to defeat AIDS so all young people are empowered to lead healthy HIV-free lives is what I've decided to do.
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