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    Posted January 19, 2013 by
    DanielBarcia
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    Miami, Florida
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    Harvard Sophomore Runs Miami Half-Marathon to Fund AIDS Medication

     

    [Donate: http://www.causes.com/actions/1722827]

     

    I will be running the Miami Half-Marathon on the 27th of January.

     

    34 million people live with HIV worldwide. The vast majority are in low- and middle-income countries. An estimated 2.5 million people were newly infected with the virus in 2011.

     

    About 25 million people have died to date. An estimated 1.7 million people died of HIV/AIDS in 2011.

     

    Over 900 children become newly infected with HIV each day.

     


    Experts agree that the end of HIV/AIDS is within reach. Thanks to the tireless work of activists, scientists, doctors, and even some politicians, effective methods of prevention and treatment for HIV exist. An HIV+ person on treatment is 96% less likely to pass the virus onto others.

     


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    It is a critical moment in the fight against HIV/AIDS. Now that we have the tools at our disposal to stop the epidemic in its tracks, we must redouble our efforts to support the individuals and institutions that are effectively fighting it. One such institution is Partners In Health.

     


    Until very recently, it was conventional wisdom that drug-resistant tuberculosis (DR TB) and HIV/AIDS could not be treated in developing countries. PIH proved otherwise, developing a model of community-based care to treat DR-TB in the slums of Lima, Peru, and deliver antiretroviral therapy to people living with HIV/AIDS in a squatter settlement in rural Haiti. National health authorities in both countries incorporated the lessons learned in these pilot projects into national health systems.

     

    Since then, PIH has expanded its community-based approach to health care and socioeconomic support to12 countries across the globe.

     

    Partners in Health is driven by three goals: to care for its patients, to alleviate the root causes of disease, and to share lessons learned with other countries and NGOs. PIH bring the benefits of modern medicine to those most in need and work to alleviate the crushing economic and social burdens of poverty that exacerbate disease.

     

    In honor of Partners In Health's recent 25th anniversary, I am running a half-marathon to raise $2,500 to support their life-saving work.

     

    Please join me in celebrating Partners In Health's mission by making a contribution to my race at the website shown below.

     

    http://www.causes.com/actions/1722827

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