Friday Photo: IRD Remembers Those Affected by HIV and AIDs
This Friday's photo is of a piece of the AIDS Quilt that IRD is displaying at their headquarters in Arlington, VA from July 18 through July 22. IRD decided to sponsor the display of this quilt to commemorate all those that we have lost to AIDS.
In 1987, a small group of strangers gathered in San Francisco to create a memorial for those who had died of AIDS. They wanted to help people understand the devastating impact of the disease. This meeting served as the foundation of the NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt.
Sections of the quilt—which has grown to over 48,000 panels—are on display this week at the National Mall and more than 50 other locations throughout Washington. IRD is proud to be a sponsor of this exhibit and to support the NAMES Project mission to preserve the powerful images and stories contained within the quilt while expanding HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention.
In response to the global HIV/AIDS crisis, IRD manages holistic, integrated programs that support awareness and prevention, home-based care, and reduction of stigma. We integrate into these programs economic strengthening and livelihoods, improved food security and nutrition, access to clean water and sanitation, maternal and child health, reduction of gender-based violence, and organizational development.
In short, IRD doesn’t just treat the disease and its consequence, we also address the underlying causes. By collaborating with local communities to address their interrelated health and development challenges simultaneously, IRD uses its resources more efficiently and achieves longer lasting results for communities affected by HIV/AIDS.
IRD will be hosting an event at its headquarters on July 18 from 5-7pm where you can view the AIDS quilt. For more information, please visit our Facebook page.