Stop AIDS. Keep the promise. World AIDS Day in Tajikistan 2010
"People forget. We are here to act. We are here to deliver and achieve the results. We are - agents of change. Our job - to change the UN system, and through it the whole world." Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
World AIDS Day is celebrated annually on December 1. It is an opportunity to draw attention to the global AIDS epidemic and the need to ensure universal access to prevention, treatment, care and support. The WHO Country Office in Tajikistan, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) along with the Republican HIV/AIDS Center, the Ministry of Health and other agencies working in Tajikistan took part in the celebration of the World AIDS Day 2010.
Activities included a joint press event on 30 November 2010 with representatives of United Nations agencies, the government of Tajikistan, the National Coordination Committee Fighting Against TB, Malaria and HIV/AIDS, the Republican HIV/AIDS Center, and civil organizations present. The press event was conducted in the form of free discussion, initiated by the UN Them Group of HIV/AIDS.
During the press event representatives of UN Agencies, government and civil society organizations answered questions about the achievements and existing gaps in the national response to HIV/AIDS in the country. Participants also received various information materials on HIV prevention and other handouts that were prepared and displayed by UNDP, HIV, TB and Malaria Control Programme, UNAIDS, WHO and other partners.
In addition to the press event the WHO Country Office, UNAIDS and the United Nations Global Fund fight against Tuberculosis, Malaria and HIV/AIDS (UNGFATM) organized a joint radio program on one of the nationwide channels, “Sadoi Dushanbe” 3-4 December 2010. The program was broadcast in Tajik and Russian and had the following aims:
- increasing public awareness on HIV/AIDS prevention
- reducing stigma and discrimination of people living with HIV
- informing people about the organizations’ activities in the area of fighting HIV/AIDS in Tajikistan.
The radio program also featured the celebration of "16 Days of Activism of Violence Against Women", a campaign that is conducted 25 November - 10 December.
There was also a question/answer show with prizes awarded.
The week's joint activities and events to commonly promote fighting HIV/AIDS and violence against women were successful and productive.