In Lesotho, South Africa, one in four people is H.I.V. positive. In Sudan, genocide has killed more than 300,000 people and has displaced millions. In a hospital in Ethiopia that serves more than 2 million people, there are only 100 beds and no running water.
In this think MTV episode of Diary, former President Bill Clinton visits five African countries in six days. On his journey, Clinton sees that while the challenges of HIV/AIDS, civil strife and extreme poverty are devastating communities, there is hope.
But you don't have to be a former American President to help people in these nations. There are things you can do to TAKE ACTION and make a difference in Africa and the world.
Since the first case of AIDS was reported, approximately 65 million people worldwide have been infected with HIV, including more than 25 million who have already died. While every region of the world has been affected by HIV, Sub-Saharan Africa has been especially hard hit: the region accounts for almost two-thirds of people living with HIV/AIDS and almost three quarters of HIV-related deaths. Take action and join in the global fight against HIV/AIDS.
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- Keep a Child Alive: Give up just one everyday purchase and contribute the money you save to the relief effort. Help purchase antiretroviral drugs for children and families living with HIV/AIDS.
- Learn the Lingo: Want to know the difference between an antiretroviral drug and a protease inhibitor? Educate yourself and others with a crash-course in HIV/AIDS drugs and treatment.
Genocide and Civil Unrest
Were you saddened or horrified by the genocide in Rwanda? Do something about the genocide happening in Sudan today. In the Darfur region of western Sudan, civilians face prospects of mass killings, torture, rape, destruction of their homes, theft and other human rights abuses at the hands of the Janjaweed militias - bands of fighters backed by the Sudanese Government. Take action to stop the senseless destruction and death.
- Genocide in Sudan: Educate yourself, support the citizens of Darfur, Sudan, advocate for an end to the crisis, and inspire others.
- Keep the Beat: Create your own music fundraiser in support of war-affected children around the world.
- Your Voice: Send a peace card to President Bush.
Extreme poverty and preventable disease
One in four people in the world will die of AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria, and diseases related to dirty water. More than one billion people in the world live on less than one dollar a day, and 2.7 billion struggle to survive on less than two dollars per day. One in six human beings do not have access to clean water within one kilometer of their home. These facts are staggering, but you can help end extreme poverty and preventable disease by taking action.
- Break the Addiction: Everyday actions have global consequences. Find out how you can break your addiction to over consumption and help end global warming.
- Water for Life: Jay-Z, the United Nations and MTV are partnering up to bring attention and relief to the many parts of the world where lack of safe drinking water is destroying communities and lives. Learn more about the crisis and support the global effort.
- Petition for Drug Access: Tuberculosis and tropical diseases disproportionately affect people in poverty. Between 1975 and 2000, less than 1% of new medicines were developed to fight these curable diseases. Urge international leaders to fund public health in the developing world.
- Petition for Poverty Relief: You don't need money to join the millions of Americans rallying to fight extreme poverty. Add your voice in support of the ONE Campaign Declaration and alleviate the conditions that prevent effective treatment.