To “Keep the Promise” on AIDS means caring about the world’s most vulnerable people. Without funding to defeat the epidemic, millions of women, children and men will be newly infected and die from AIDS—all because they cannot afford the lifesaving medicine they need.

We must not abandon the fight!

By committing to “Keep the Promise,” we can ensure money is available for programs focused on prevention and testing and guarantee Universal Access to treatment for all. Join us in urging the world to “Keep the Promise” on AIDS funding and treatment!

Click on a country to see the planned events!


AFRICA

Eswatini
Nov. 28 – AHF Eswatini will host a soccer tournament—the "AHF WAD Cup"—along with its testing, condoms and awareness initiatives.
Ethiopia
Date(s) TBA – After a kick-off meeting at AHF's new offices, AHF Ethiopia will hold its 1 Million Patients in Care celebration along with other events over the days and weeks leading up to World AIDS Day.
Kenya
Dec. 1 – Since new HIV infections among young people have increased in the country, AHF Kenya will host anti-stigma and prevention events targeting youth and opinion leaders, as well as "Know Your Status" events focused on men.
Lesotho
Dec. 1 – AHF Lesotho will hold a World AIDS Day event at St. Barnabas Health Center, an AHF-supported site in the rural areas of Maseru.This event serves to remind the communities that the the war on AIDS is far from over.
Malawi
Dec. 1 – AHF, with the Ministry of Health, will commemorate World AIDS Day by airing national radio broadcasts, printing and disseminating t-shirts, and setting up an AHF booth to display its work while conducting HIV testing and counseling.
Mozambique
Dec. 1 – AHF Mozambique will conduct an information campaign to increase access to HIV counseling and testing, distribute and promote the proper use of condoms, and educate the public about staying HIV-free.
Nigeria
Date(s) TBA – Under the "Keep The Promise" theme, AHF Nigeria will hold activities across the six states where it operates leading up to World AIDS Day, focusing on Test & Treat events, funding and young women.
Rwanda
Dec. 1 – AHF Rwanda will be part of celebrations that include a musical float around Kigali, musical performances and inspirational speeches that include HIV prevention messages and testimonies from prominent HIV ambassadors.
Sierra Leone
Nov. 26 - Dec. 2 – In Sierra Leone, AHF will hold its annual mass testing event along with a quiz competition for students, a commemorative candlelight vigil, a rally to raise awareness and community soccer matches.
South Africa
Nov. 25 - Dec. 10 – AHF South Africa will commemorate World AIDS Day by holding mass testing events, engaging key populations in rural and urban areas, as well as a media engagement campaign to bring awareness to HIV/AIDS and inform the public about AHF's services.
Uganda
Dec. 1 – AHF will gather with at-risk young women to discuss HIV prevention and treatment, as well as the prevention of gender-based violence (GBV) and how to handle of such cases. Police and GBV experts will also be in attendance to provide inforamation and explanations from a legal standpoint.
Zambia
Nov. 25 - Dec. 10 – AHF Zambia will hold events in Lusaka to raise awareness on HIV/AIDS-related issues, conduct testing, distribute condoms and host other prevention-related activities.
Zimbabwe
Nov. 28 - Dec. 1 – This year, AHF will host a candlelight memorial in remembrance of those who passed on due to AIDS and to support those who are living with HIV, including anyone affected by the epidemic.

ASIA

Cambodia
Nov. 16 & Dec. 1 – Leading up to World AIDS Day, AHF Cambodia will hold a pre-press conference on Keep the Promise initiatives, Test & Treat and its event celebrating 1 million patients in care. A concert featuring famous local artists will be the main event for WAD along with other various scheduled events.
China
Dec. 1 – In an innovative move for World AIDS Day, AHF will counter HIV/AIDS stigma and discrimination in China by opening a coffee shop for two weeks that is operated by HIV-positive staff and leverages celebrity support for maximum exposure. Free HIV/STD consultations and condoms will also be offered, and AHF will host a free concert featuring international pianist Wu Muye on Dec. 1.
India
Dec. 1 – World AIDS Day in India will consist of a media campaign to stress the importance of "Keep the Promise" initiatives, a Test and Treat campaign with a goal to test 16,000 people and a concert where HIV prevalence has risen that incorporates celebrities who will encourage attendees to get tested.
Indonesia
Dec. 1 – Indramayu, West Java's district with the highest HIV prevalence, will be the focus of World AIDS Day in Indonesia. AHF with partners and local government will hold events and conduct testing to target high-risk communities, including female sex workers, migrants and MSM.
Myanmar
Dec. 1 – AHF will be hosting World AIDS Day events that focus on youth and migrants in a town located on the Thailand/Myanmar border. A "Keep the Promise" concert featuring a popular local singer will be the main event to raise awareness and draw crowds for planned prevention and testing activities.
Nepal
Dec. 1 – Events for World AIDS Day in Nepal include a national- and district-level media engagement, a free concert and multiple activities to attract youth, such as a fashion show, quiz contest and dance competitions. To engage partners, there will also be friendly games among NGOs and interactive sessions with local hospitals.
Philippines
Dec.1 - Dec. 6 – AHF's events in the Philippines will focus on working with partners to increase community awareness and education about HIV/AIDS and bringing stakeholders together to build solidarity, rekindle partnerships and reflect on the vital work that is done to combat HIV in the country.
Thailand
Nov. 29 - Dec. 1 – With events targeting groups that have the highest prevalence rates in Thailand, AHF will host World AIDS Day activities with partners that include mobile healthcare services, condom distribution, on-stage singing and dancing, entertaining education sessions and more.
Vietnam
Nov. 30 – This year, AHF Vietnam is collaborating with the Vietnam Authority of HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control and Hochiminh City HIV/AIDS Control Center to organize two events: a national meeting about the country's AIDS response and a World AIDS Day music concert.

EUROPE

Estonia
Dec. 1 – AHF Estonia will focus on woman and youth for its event in Narva using messages of prevention and empowerment.
Greece
Dec. 1 – A red ribbon broadcast by laser will illuminate the facades of the Greek Parliament in Athens and the White Tower in Thessaloniki, while the municipal band and groups with percussion instruments play in both cities during testing events.
Lithuania
Nov. 23 - 30 & Dec. 1 – On World AIDS Day in Lithuania, AHF is inviting everyone across the country to know their status. Free testing messages about AHF events will go out through press releases, television and social media, as well as a WAD red ribbon on display in Vilnius's city center.
Netherlands
Nov. 30 – AHF Netherlands will host a testing event targeting the MSM community in Amsterdam, as well as a screening of AHF's "Girls Act!" documentary to reach young women and men. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion on sexual and reproductive health, HIV testing and other AHF programs.
Portugal
Dec. 1 – World AIDS Day in Portugal will use its wrapped LOVE Condom van and other creative marketing to promote prevention and free condom distribution. AHF teams will also be at Lisbon's central square to offer HIV, viral hepatitis and syphilis rapid testing.
Russia
Dec. 2 – A music festival featuring the popular blogger Eldar Jarakhov as a headliner and other popular artists will be the main event for World AIDS Day in Russia where over 2,000 people are expected to attend.
Ukraine
Nov. 28 – AHF Ukraine has planned a massive HIV testing event that includes Ukrainian officials being tested and serving as role models to highlight the importance of HIV testing in countering the epidemic. Other potential activities include TV appearences by AHF staff to promote Rapid Testing and information on where free testing is offered.

AMERICAS

Argentina
Dec. 1 - 2 – Rosario, Argentina, site of the 2012 Guinness Record by AHF and partners—“Most HIV Tests Given in One City in Multiple Venues in One Day” (3,733)—will host multiple events and activities this year. There will also be a World AIDS Day marathon in Buenos Aires.
Bolivia
Nov. 25 - Dec. 8 – AHF and Bolivia's Ministry of Health will work together on multiple events leading up to World AIDS Day including a race to highlight the solidarity of people living with HIV/AIDS and the joint commitment to an effective response to social problems in the country.
Brazil
Dec. 1 – AHF Brazil will host a massive testing campaign to target at-risk communities in Largo do Arouche, an area known as the epicenter of HIV/AIDS in the country.
Chile
Dec. 1 – A large-scale musical event, along with free testing and condom distribution, will be held at the Civic Center of Santiago (in Chile's capital) in front of the La Moneda Palace.
Colombia
Nov. 25 - Dec. 4 – An interactive fair with partners and film screenings in Cucuta, Bogota and Leticia will be the highlights of World AIDS Day in Colombia. Community leaders and artists will also be on hand to promote messages about the importance of prevention and universal access to treatment.
Dominican Republic
Nov. 29 – AHF in the Dominican Republic is set to host the Red Film Fashion Show—a unique showcase in which filmmakers submit films that center on HIV/AIDS-related issues. The contest will be judged by actors, directors and producers and will be presented in the form of a fashion showcase where guests wear outfits that highlight red to represent and create awareness of HIV.
Guatemala
Date(s) TBA – With events targeting the indigenous population, youth, migrants and LGTB, AHF Guatemala will host free concerts, marches and educational forums to raise awareness about the importance of preventing, testing and treating HIV.
Haiti
Nov. 30 - Dec. 1 – AHF in Haiti is set to host the Red Film Fashion Show—a unique showcase in which filmmakers submit films that center on HIV/AIDS-related issues. The contest will be judged by actors, directors and producers and will be presented in the form of a fashion showcase where guests wear outfits that highlight red to represent and create awareness of HIV.
Jamaica
Dec. 1 – AHF in Jamaica is set to host the Red Film Fashion Show—a unique showcase in which filmmakers submit films that center on HIV/AIDS-related issues. The contest will be judged by actors, directors and producers and will be presented in the form of a fashion showcase where guests wear outfits that highlight red to represent and create awareness of HIV.
Mexico
Nov. 30 – AHF Mexico wll be conducting a massive tesing campaign with free testing events scheduled in 11 states throughout the country.
Peru
Nov. 20 - Dec. 2 – AHF Peru will be hosting a free World AIDS Day concert featuring popular musicians as a way to reach youth and spread awareness of AHF's services in the country.

Explore below to see how AHF is working worldwide to "Keep the Promise" on AIDS!

Narrated by Oscar winning actor J.K. Simmons, AHF’s feature-length documentary, “DRUG$” shows how a corrupt system of corporate greed and faulty legislation allows pharmaceuticals to be the most lucrative industry in the world—from profits earned off the sick and dying.

Unless the pharmaceutical industry undergoes radical reform, “DRUG$” shows us how the entire healthcare system will inevitably collapse, leaving society overburdened and without access to quality medicine. Watch the trailer and look for it on Amazon Prime on Dec. 15!

To help young women thrive, AHF launched its Girls Act! campaign in Africa in 2016 and focused on two main objectives: Scale-up HIV/AIDS prevention services to curb new infections; and ensure that HIV positive young people have access to treatment, retention and support services. Since this demographic accounts for over 2.4 million youth ages 15-24 currently living with HIV worldwide, the successful initiative has been expanded to many other countries where AHF works.

AHF invites you to view "Girls Act!"—a heartwarming documentary about how five young women are winning their battles against HIV and leading healthy, productive lives thanks to the knowledge and self-confidence gained through their hard work, perseverance and the Girls Act! initiative.


AHF’s Fund the Fund campaign is an advocacy initiative to mobilize civil society by calling on major world economies to ensure Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria is fully funded. It specifically focuses on wealthy countries like China—which has the world’s second largest economy yet does not contribute its fair share to the Fund.

AHF will be in Argentina in November to advocate for world leaders at the G20 summit to keep HIV/AIDS and other critical public health issues high on the agenda, including financing, drug accessibility, antimicrobial resistance and neglected tropical diseases. By prioritizing these aspects of global health, the G20 can enjoy substantial benefits to the world economy in terms of equity, reduced economic distress and a healthier world for everyone. Learn more and get involved by visiting our G20 page!


In October of this year, AHF celebrated the most significant achievement in its 31-year history—1 million patients in care!

Watch our “Keeping the Promise” documentary narrated by Academy Award-winner Meryl Streep and experience how AHF started as a community-based hospice in Los Angeles in 1987 to care for the sick and dying and grew to become the world’s largest AIDS organization providing over 1 million people with care and treatment throughout 42 countries.

Since 2015, AHF has advocated for the World Bank to change the way middle-income countries (MICs) are classified, which the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria then uses to decide which countries get vital support to fight those diseases.

Due to this classification system, countries where individuals can earn as little as $2.73 per day—or about as much as a cup of coffee—are often labeled as middle income and deprived of aid for vital healthcare programs and lifesaving medicines.

Watch this two-minute video to learn more!


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About Us

Since 1987, AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) has grown from a small community-based hospice providing compassionate care for people dying of AIDS in Los Angeles to the largest global HIV/AIDS organization. AHF currently serves more than 1 million people in 42 countries and is the largest provider of HIV/AIDS medical care in the U.S.

As a truly independent voice, AHF fulfills its mission to provide cutting-edge medicine and advocacy regardless of ability to pay through its social enterprises such as AHF Pharmacies and Out of the Closet thrift stores. Their work combines innovative health care delivery models with positive policy changes that help bring life-saving treatment, testing and prevention services to all who need them.

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