World AIDS Day

MY HERO Honors Those Working to End AIDS

World AIDS Day is held on 1 December each year and is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died. World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day and the first one was held in 1988.

AIDS is our number one enemy. This enemy can be defeated. While the research for a cure continues, four principles--love, support, acceptance and care for those affected -- can make us winners."
Nelson Mandela


Thembi Ngubane

Thembi Ngubane offered hope to others living with HIV/AIDS.

Nkosi Johnson

Nkosi Johnson was an orphan infected by HIV who spoke out on behalf of children with AIDS.

Home is Where You Find It

By: Alcides Soares
Alcides Soares writes about his heroes:

Clara Hale

By: Jessica from Mississauga, Canada
Clara Hale was foster mother and founder of the Hale House.

Austin Gutwein

By: Lindsey from Palmer, Massachusetts
Austin Gutwein founded Hoops of Hope.

Mother Mary

Mother Mary helps Senegalese children and mothers with HIV/AIDS.

Ryan Wayne White

By: Christina from Hobart

Philly Bongole Lutaaya

By: Open Vision Youth Club
Philly Bongole Lutaaya was the first Ugandan to put a human face on AIDS.

Sinikethemba Choir

By: Wendy Jewell
Sinikethemba Choir uses music to break the silence about AIDS.

Fati Kirakoya

By: Wendy Jewell
Fati Kirakoya is a researcher committed to finding solutions to end HIV/AIDS.

Kendall Ciesemier

By: Kaycee from San Diego
Kendall Ciesemier is an inspiring youth volunteer who founded Kids Caring 4 Kids.

Dr. Zeda Rosenberg

By: David Kemker
Dr. Zeda Rosenberg is working to protect women from HIV/AIDS.

Stephen Lewis

By: Ingrid from Peterborough, Canada
Stephen Lewis is a former UN Special Envoy in Africa, established his own AIDS foundation.

Daphna Ziman

By: Wendy Jewell
Daphna Ziman founded Children Uniting Nations.

Magic Johnson

By: Laura Tucker for MY HERO
Magic Johnson inspires others with his basketball talents and philanthropic work.

Portia Duff

By: Kid

Ningizimu School

Dr. Mark Jacobson

By: Dr. Paul Erikson
Dr. Mark Jacobson works with AIDS patients in Tanzania.

Florence Ngobeni

By: Jerrilyn Jacobs
Florence Ngobeni is an HIV/AIDS educator and Ambassador for the Elizabeth Glazer Pediatric AIDS Foundation.

Kennedy Odede

By: Jane Wallace
Kennedy Odede grew his childhood dream of creating outreach centers for poor children like him.

Helene Gayle

By: Geeta Malik
Helene Gayle is one of the leading authorities on AIDS research.

Freddie Mercury

By: Camellia from San Diego
Freddie Mercury was the memorable lead singer of the band, Queen.

Hazviperi Betty Makoni

By: Wendy Jewell
Hazviperi Betty Makoni founded the Girl Child Network to transform lives.

Gertrude B. Elion

By: Susannah Abbey
Gertrude B. Elion developed the AIDS drug, AZT.

Charles Francis Feeney

By: Gahwi from Victoria
Charles Francis Feeney is a generous businessman who founded the Atlantic Philanthropies.

Moses Zulu

By: Manyun Melanie Yau from Beirut
Moses Zulu established Children's Town in Zambia to teach AIDS orphans life skills.

Stephen Lewis

By: Ingrid from Peterborough, Canada
Stephen Lewis is a former UN Special Envoy in Africa, established his own AIDS foundation.

Nathaniel Dunigan

By: Kathleen from New London
Nathaniel Dunigan creates hope for Ugandan orphans with HIV/AIDS.

Caitlin Cohen
and the Mali Health
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Thatcher Bailey

By: Addy Borges
Thatcher Bailey opened a housing and health facility for AIDS patients.

Elizabeth Glaser

By: Spencer
Elizabeth Glaser created the Pediatric AIDS Foundation.
Sir Elton John
By: Rachel from San Diego
Sir Elton John is a successful musician who is also a champion of LGBT and AIDS issues.

David D. Ho

By: Jonathan
David D. Ho discovered a successful way to treat people with AIDS.

Bono (Paul Hewson)

By: Alyssa from San Diego
Bono (Paul Hewson) is a musician, advocate for AIDS victims and a humanitarian.

AP Stories

Christo and Lanie de Klerk

By: Hamilton Wende <br> Contributor of The Christian Science Monitor<br> <h5>Per...
Christo and Lanie de Klerk have founded the Baby Moses sanctuary for abandoned babies in South Africa.



By: Members of Umcebo Trust - South Africa

Fight Aids Not People With Aids



By: Candice from Laguna Beach High School

A Young Girl Who's Got AIDS

By: Mariama Dalanda Diallo from Senegal

Circle of Hope

By: World Aids Orphan Day Participants, Santa Monica

Painting My Hero Murals at Ped Aids 2005

By: My Hero Project participants

Creating My Hero Buttons at Ped Aids 2005

By: My Hero Project participants


By: Cheikh Seck from Senegal

Men and Women Together; Let's Fight Aids

By: Ndeye Ndiate Ndiaye from Senegal

Stand Up

By: Arron McCrory

Carol Dyantyi

By: Tamar Hoffman from Tel-Aviv


Hidden Blessings: What Irene Taught me about HIV Prevention

Producer: Zoeann Murphy

Actress Debra Messing visits Zambia to listen to the stories of people living with HIV/AIDS.

Thembi's Diary
Producer: Jisoo Kim
A wonderful evocation of a young African's refusal to let AIDS define her life.

Everyday is a Gift

Produced by:Exeko | Nadia Duguay Directed by Wayne Schoenfeld
A perceptive look at the AIDS crisis in Africa.

HOME is where you find it ACTIVIST

Producer: Director - Alcides Soares / Producer - Neal Baer
A sixteen year old AIDS orphan directs a documentary about finding a new family in Maputo, Mozambique.
Mother Mary
Producer: Cheikh Darou Seck from Senegal, AFRICA

Mother Mary works to help children affected by AIDS in Senegal.

Producer: Ambika Samarthya
The shelter Ashray provides children affected by HIV with a safe place to live, study, and play.
Rise N' Shine: A Hero's Journey
Producer: Timothy B. McCormack and Rohit Agarwal
A courageous woman discusses tragedy and how she uses her experience to help others.
Kay Lord and her Hero Nathaniel Dunigan
Producer: Skip Blumberg <br>Thanks to Making History Productions<br> for additio...
A report about Second Class Coast Guard Academy Cadet Kay Lord and her hero, Nathaniel Dunigan, founder of Aidchild in Uganda. Thanks to Making History Productions for additional footage from Uganda and Chad Stevens for providing additional photography of Aidchild in Uganda. Special thanks to the American Legion Child Welfare Foundation for their support of this short film.

Harmonious and Discordant: A Story of Love

Producer: Zoeann Murphy
A loving Zambian couple makes the life saving choice to get tested for HIV together.


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