ASSA ABLOY South Africa celebrates World AIDS Day


With a campaign theme of “Getting to Zero,” World AIDS Day activities reminded the ASSA ABLOY staff of the need to increase awareness around HIV.

The focus of World AIDS Day 2011 was on preventing HIV transmission through a campaign called “Getting to Zero”: zero new HIV infections, zero discrimination, zero AIDS-related deaths.

To mark the event, the staff from  ASSA ABLOY South Africa came together for a prayer, music by an ASSA ABLOY choir and stage plays by the AIDS committee.

One of the plays was about the importance of using female condoms and the need for women to take the initiative to protect themselves. Women cannot depend on their male partners to use  condoms because of excuses and male attitudes toward their use. In another play, men portrayed the advantages of circumcision: it does not prevent HIV infection, but it does reduce the incidence of sexually transmitted diseases.

The World AIDS Day celebration made the staff aware of how to protect themselves and others from HIV, and the stigma and discrimination faced by people living with HIV. It was an important reminder that HIV has not gone away, and that there is still a need to increase awareness.