We say that the AidsinAfrica.net website is holding up pretty darn well for an old-timer!
We built the visuals in what was the bleeding-edge methods that has allowed us to update the underlying data with minimum cost. The epidemic map, for example, was recently populated with the latest data from the WHO. It is encouraging to see that HIV prevelence rates were moving upward when the site was launched. Today they are on the decline.
AidsinAfrica.net and DATA
have come together to collaborate on a number of
projects, including website enhancement and promotion of the
DATA was founded in 2002 by Bono, the lead singer of U2,
along with Bobby Shriver and activists from the Jubilee 2000 Drop the Debt campaign.
ONE became interested in AidsinAfrica.net's
Epidemic Map and
other charts that visually explain statistics behind HIV/AIDS in Africa.
A version of the map was added to DATA's site.
They also found Neil Halloran's story to be in-tune with a message behind the
ONE Campaign: One person at a time, we can overcome AIDS and extreme poverty.
Neil was given the honor of reading the
ONE petition at the campaign launch in Philadelphia
on May 16 2004.
We have added a "Hans Rosling" data motion chart to the website. You can watch how HIV rates have changed over the years in africa, and you can alter the charts settings. Really cool.
The 2004 AIDS Film Festival,
which took place in Bangkok from July 12-15 during the
2004 International AIDS Conference,
accepted "5 Heroes of AIDS in Africa" as
an official selection and the film was screened at the Conference Venue.
is a Christian music festival taking place from July 29 to
August 1 in the mountains of New Hampshire. They are encouraging attendees to sign DATA's ONE petition
and have decided to also promote the AidsinAfrica.net project. A 3 minute clip
of the documentary will be played on the big screen in front of 8,000 people before the closing band. They will also distribute flyers.
Thank you SoulFest!
Thanks to all those who helped put on and promote the event, the documentary
screening had a great showing and went on without a hitch.
Suki Kermes spearheaded the organizing. Greg Goldman, chief director of
Philadelphia based Manna
hosted it. Others who helped out include Becca Meuler, Chistina,
Anne McCollum, Fred Manfred, The Murphys, the Kermeses, and the extended Halloran Family.
Thank you all.