Not only is it World AIDS Day, but it is the twentieth World AIDS Day. That’s right, it was twenty whole years ago that chitter chatterers got talking at the World Summit of Ministers of Health on Programmes for AIDS Prevention and decided that they needed an official day. Like National Library Assistants’ Day *checks to see if it exists. It does*. Or something.
Today Carla Bruni-Sarkozy off-of our favourite supermodel-cum-singer-cum-French First Lady was announced as the AIDS ambassador for the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. The ex-super-em lost her brother to Aids in 2006 and told Elle magoiz:
‘Because of my brother, of course I am very sensitive to the issue of AIDS… But this is a pandemic. We tend to forget, we are used to it. But look at the figures. It’s staggering…. What I would like to do, working with the global fund, is to communicate directly with mothers and their children. This is probably complicated… We have to find a way to talk to them and that is why it’s important to be on the ground.’
Oh Carla, we couldn’t heart you any more if we tried.
So twenty years on and we are still turning on, tuning in rubbering up, and wearing our ribbons and may we still be doing the same in twenty years time.