These last few hectic weeks before the holidays it’s good to be reminded that there are other things in life than deadlines, exams and papers to write. Musikhjälpen (Music Aid) gathers celebrities and regular folks every year to fundraise for a good cause: this year they are striving to help stop the spread of HIV and AIDS in the world, and raising awareness of the epidemic. Umeå’s own Studentradio (102,3) are organizing the city’s effort to raise as much money as we can for this great cause, and UpF is of course pitching in!

It is indeed a fully loaded week for us, with three events connected to Musikhjälpen, and also a special appearance by the director of The Swedish Crime Survey (BRÅ)!

On Monday the documentary Fire in the Blood will be screened, telling the story of western pharmaceutical companies and their refusal to make HIV prevention medication affordable to help stop the epidemic in developing countries. During the evening home-made fika and beverage will be sold, and also our UpF-cotton bags, at a self-set price. We leave it to our members to decide how much they would like to pay, and all the profits will go directly to Musikhjälpen!

On Tuesday evening our own programme coordinator Aron Segerström will follow John Kinsman live on the Studenradio 102,3. John Kinsman, from Umeå University’s Department of Public Health and Clinical Medecine, has a long experience in researching HIV prevention and strategies in Africa and will be interviewed in the “Glas-cage” on Rådhustorget!

On Thursday Andrea Mannberg from Umeå’s School of Business will give a lecture on a microeconomic perspective on sexual behavior in HIV environments, and how the epidemic differs depending on where you live.

If you can’t make any of our events, or if you want to donate money at all times of the day, you can also donate money by Musikhjälpen’s online collection box all week long! Together we’ll make a difference for a lot of people!


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