Eveline Aendekerk, executive director of dance4life,
explains why the work of dance4life is so important. dance4life works with young people towards a world without
We do this through sex education in schools, using music and
dance to involve and inspire young people. Furthermore, dance4life
motivates young people to take action to stop the worldwide spread
of HIV and AIDS. Half of the 6.000 people infected with HIV every
day are under 25 years old. The initiative is active in 20
countries, spread over 5 continents.
dance4life 10 years
2014 marks the 10th anniversary of dance4life: we've achieved
great milestones and it's time to celebrate our successes. So far
we've reached 1.6 million young people in almost 30 countries and
over 600.000 young people took action for a world without AIDS.
Through global efforts the number of new HIV infections is 33 %
lower than it was in 2001. All these are achievements to be proud
We celebrate, but we also know our work is not done yet.
Worldwide over 35 million people are living with HIV. This figure
is still increasing by more than 6.000 new infections every day.
That's one every 14 seconds. Of all the people getting infected
with HIV, half are younger than 25. And in the last 10 years, the
number of HIV-related deaths among adolescents doubled, while the
global number fell by 30%.
This is why our 10th anniversary is all about the future. We
won't stop, together with young people. With inspiring education
projects, with innovative partnerships and of course with music and
dance. ZERO new HIV-infections, that's our goal.
Throughout the year we have several activities to celebrate our
anniversary and achievements. So keep an eye out for us!