Every year, on #WorldAIDSDay in December. The World AIDS Marathon is run in Kisumu, Kenya with the 2018 edition being the 13th Annual event. The Marathon is run on World AIDS Day to help educate and promote the need for access to lifesaving HIV/AIDS medication in communities affected by the virus but have poor access to basic health needs. The message of the marathon is to remind everybody…

“Know your HIV status and get tested today + be an advocate for affordable prophylactic AIDS medicine for high-risk individuals & affordable AIDS medicine and medical care for everyone living with HIV and all illnesses.” 

In Sub-Saharan Africa, including Kenya where the World AIDS Day Marathon is ran, there are over 16 million orphan children who have lost their parents due to HIV/AIDS. However, the number of deaths attributed to HIV/AIDS has been on the decline since 2005. Unfortunately, there are still millions of people who do not have access to lifesaving HIV/AIDS medication.

In addition to the Marathon, the festival includes a Half Marathon, HIV/AIDS exhibitions and education campaigns as well as dinner and dancing events. The marathon works to encourage people to live a healthier lifestyle as an important component to fighting HIV/AIDS by maintaining healthy eating habits and regular exercise.

Since the first marathon, the participant in the World AIDS Marathon has increased, with runners coming to Kenya from all over the world. It is organized by the Richard M. Brodsky Foundation which works to…

“Provide food, shelter and shoes for orphans living in Kenya, raise money for research for the cure or vaccine for AIDS, to help those already afflicted with aids, and those with cancer.”

By Dirk Smith