World AIDS Day 2022 | African Union Commission Commemoration Event & March

Wednesday, 30 November 2022 | 9.00 AM – 1.00 PM (GMT+3)

--------- Addis Ababa, Federal Democratic Republic Of Ethiopia

Global theme of the day: "EQUALIZE"


The #AfricanUnion Commission joins the world to commemorate #WorldAIDSDay2022 and ‎re-ignite the political commitment to end #AIDS as a public ‎health threat in #Africa by 2030. Join the conversation:

About #WorldAIDSDay2022

The theme for the 2022 World AIDS Day is “Equalize”.
We can only beat #AIDS by ending the #inequalities that drive the epidemic.
This year marks over three decades since two public health officers co-founded “World AIDS Day” as the first international day for global health in 1988. It remains significant for the HIV response as ‎communities unite globally to remember the lives lost to AIDS and recommit to the fight against the disease.‎

Why Should #Equalize Matter To You?

“Equalize” is a call to action: a prompt to address the inequalities that impede the fight against HIV/AIDS


Today, HIV prevalence is not because of a lack of knowledge or tools but because of structural inequalities that obstruct proven solutions to HIV prevention and treatment.

In Africa, the AIDS epidemic is a multi-faceted phenomenon. The factors that fuel inequalities in Africa are as diverse as African communities themselves.‎ Education, gender inequality, and income per capita have, however, been found to be the core fault lines of inequality upon which gaps in HIV response are premised in Africa. These three, along with other emerging public health priorities such as disease outbreaks and the COVID-19 pandemic, call for diverse approaches to “Equalize” at each level of response– from the local up to the international–in a way that fosters a supportive, enabling environment to respond to HIV/AIDS.

In this context, the AU Commission will commemorate World ‎AIDS Day in Addis Ababa. The AU Commission will also take the opportunity for continued advocacy for the AU Agenda for Nutrition ‎to ensure that gains made over the years in eliminating malnutrition and all its forms in Africa are upheld. AIDS Watch Africa (AWA), whose Secretariat is housed at the AU Commission‎, continues to play an influential advocacy role in actively shaping discourse on HIV, TB, malaria and health financing and will thus lead the World AIDS Day initiative.

Our collaborating partners:

Ministry of Health of Ethiopia, ‎Africa CDC‎, the Organization of African First Ladies for Development (OAFLAD)‎ and UNAIDS

Get Involved!

Have Your Say. Make A Difference.

Share the key messages and graphics in this social media toolkit to join us in voicing matters on AIDS response that must be addressed in Africa.

Kick Off The Conversation!

Hashtags • Handles

Add the hashtags and handles below to your posts so the #WorldAIDSDay2022 Community can easily find and engage with you.


Main hashtags:  #WorldAIDSDay2022 #Equalize #AIDSWatchAfrica

Secondary hashtags:#CARMMAPlus

PS: Be sure to include your AIDS campaign hashtags so that we are all having the same conversation – to eliminate AIDS in Africa by 2030.

@Twitter Handles

African Union and Africa CDC: @_AfricanUnion @AU_HHS @aidswatchafrica @AUYouthProgram @AmbSamate ‎ @laktarr001‎ @zizo_man ‎@AfricaCDC

Speakers and Partners: @lia_tadesse @FMoHealth @KalondoMonica @OAFLAD @AULO_Sihaka @UNAIDS @UNAIDS_AU_ECA @GlobalFund @UK_AfricanUnion @US_AU‎ @WACI_Tweets @WHOatAUECA

Call To Action!

Below are key messages and graphics you can share across your social media networks to join the #WorldAIDSDay2022 conversation.

Key Messages

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The #AfricanUnion Commission joins the world to commemorate #WorldAIDSDay2022 and ‎‎re-ignite the political commitment to end #AIDS as a public ‎health threat in #Africa by 2030. Join the conversation:🔗‎ ‎#Equalize‎

We can only beat #AIDS by ending the #inequalities that drive the epidemic.‎‎Join the conversation:‎🔗 #WorldAIDSDay2022‎‎ #Equalize

#Africa’s leaders need to act with bold and accountable #leadership towards ending #AIDS. ‎All of us, everywhere, must do all we can to help tackle #inequalities too. Join the ‎conversation:‎🔗 ‎#WorldAIDSDay2022‎‎ #Equalize‎

Today, it is possible to prevent getting an #HIV infection or passing the #virus to your partner ‎or baby. Be informed, be protected:🔗 ‎‎‎#WorldAIDSDay2022‎‎ #Equalize‎

The gap between the resources needed for #HIV/AIDS prevention & care and the resource availability is widening. There is an urgent ‎need for increased and sustained #resources for the #AIDS response. #WorldAIDSDay2022‎‎ #Equalize‎ ‎

#Community empowerment and ownership have resulted in a greater uptake of #HIV ‎prevention and treatment services, a reduction in #stigma and #discrimination and the ‎protection of #humanrights. Communities are central to ending #AIDS. #WorldAIDSDay2022‎‎ #Equalize‎

#DidYouKnow: The themes of the first two global #WorldAIDSDay events in 1989 and 1990 focused on ‎#children, #youth and #women? Many years later, children, youth and women are still ‎disproportionally affected by #HIV. ‎This has to change.‎#Equalize

This #WorldAIDSDay2022, the #AfricanUnion Commission ‎ calls for ‎reinvigorated ‎community engagement, renewed political will and global solidarity to end ‎AIDS as a public ‎health threat by 2030:🔗 ‎#Equalize

Additional tools and resources

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The Africa Leadership Meeting on Investing in Health (#ALMInvestingInHealth) calls for increased, sustained, African-led health financing. which is vital for Africa’s productivity and economic development.

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African Medicines Agency

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The AU Campaign on Accelerated Reduction on Maternal Mortality

Through the AU Campaign on Accelerated Reduction on Maternal Mortality (#CARMMA), the @_AfricanUnion Commission mobilises increased #politicalcommitment and action to reduce #maternalmortality in #Africa.

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Thank You For Being A Part Of This Step Towards Strengthening The HIV Response In Africa!