Volunteers play a key role in halting and reversing the spread of HIV/AIDS. Volunteers – many of them themselves living with HIV/AIDS – work with people living with HIV/AIDS and local institutions to develop prevention, care and support activities. Activities include distributing condoms, promoting voluntary counselling and testing, conducting media awareness campaigns, providing home-based care, and establishing micro-grant facilities for income-generating activities. Participants share experiences, knowledge and skills to help empower their peers and influence development policies and programmes. Equally important is the opportunity for the volunteers to tackle stigmatization by actively bringing about positive changes to their own lives as well as the lives of others.
This slideshow shows you the different ways in which volunteers are contributing to the achievement of MDG 6: Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases.