Today is World AIDS Day. The Department of Health and Human Services estimates 1.1 million Americans are living with HIV.
The CBC will collect items for two nonprofit groups that serve the HIV/AIDS population, Mtogolo Village Development Project in Malawi and DC-based Pediatric AIDS/HIV Care, Inc. Suggested donations include children’s books, board games, art and school supplies, hat/scarf sets, and new toys (ages 5+).
Donations are appreciated but not required. RSVP is required to Congressional Black Caucus.
Also today at the White House, Obama administration officials and AIDS activists will “reflect on the lessons learned and the path forward in the fight against HIV and AIDS in the United States and around the world.” The participants will include:
- Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius
- White House Domestic Policy Council Director Melody Barnes
- Office of National AIDS Policy Director Jeffrey Crowley
- U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator, Ambassador Eric Goosby
- USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah
- NIAID Director Anthony Fauci
The event will be live streamed at www.whitehouse.gov/live, beginning at 1:30 pm EST.