(Blogmensgo, gay blog of October 18, 2015) Irish actor Colin Farrell is campaigning for a joint initiative of the Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation (ETAF) and the British StopAids organization in an effort to control HIV/AIDS in the south of Malawi. The official inauguration took place on October 12, 2015.
The two organizations and several celebrities, such as Colin Farrell and singer-songwriter Annie Lennox (Eurythmics), are trying to bring down the prevalence, new infections and mortality numbers linked to HIV/AIDS in the Mulanje district in the south of Malawi.
HIV prevalence in the Mulanje region went down from 20% in 2004 to 17% (or 70,000 people) in 2015 – which is good but not good enough. This is the reason for the new initiative that Colin Farrell is campaigning for.
Its goal is to attain 90-90-90, UNAIDS’ objective for 2020, as fast as possible. 90-90-90 is short for: 90% of seropositive people should be diagnosed, 90% of those should receive appropriate care, and 90% of those under medical care should reach complete suppression of their viral load, which means HIV is undetectable in them.
Partnering with UNAIDS and the US photo agency Getty Images, the two organizations have prepared a photo sales show sponsoring the Malawi initiative. The sales show called Grit and Glamour is held in London from October 9 to November 7, 2015.
During his inaugural speech, Colin Farrell recalled that almost exactly thirty years ago, Liz Taylor had launched her anti-AIDS crusade. In that very same year, 1985, her close friend Rock Hudson died of AIDS.
Besides his commitment against AIDS, Colin Farrell also uses his celebrity status to fight agains homophobia. The Irish actor has a gay brother who became the victim of anti-gay bullying when he was young.