Today is World AIDS Day — a time for people all over the globe to remember those we have lost to HIV and to recommit ourselves to ending the AIDS epidemic once and for all. On this day, the Council on Foundations salutes the many individuals and organizations united in the fight against HIV and working to improve the lives of people living with HIV. The Levi Strauss Foundation is among those organizations working to put an end to the AIDS epidemic. The foundation was recently honored by the Treatment Action Group for its programs geared toward treatment and combatting discrimination, and care benefits offered to its employees globally. Daniel Lee, Levi Strauss Foundation Executive Director and Council Board Member, who accepted the award on behalf of the foundation, commented, “At Levi Strauss & Co., we believe it is incumbent upon us continually to push the limits of the response to this global epidemic.”
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that nearly 37 million people are living with HIV globally. The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) works closely with global and national partners towards ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030 within the framework of the Sustainable Development Goals. To achieve this goal, the private and philanthropic sectors will have to collaboratively to support treatment programs and research. Together, we can put an end to the AIDS epidemic.