Tajik media join the fight against stigma and discrimination of people living with HIV

UNAIDS/Bakthiyor Mirzoev

Throughout 2014, the WHO Country Office in Tajikistan led a “Zero Discrimination” campaign, aiming to raise awareness among the public and decision-makers about the problems faced by people living with HIV. The activities culminated on 16 December 2014 with an official award ceremony for winners of a mass media contest. The ceremony honoured creators of the best mass media products on issues related to the fight against stigma and discrimination for people living with HIV.

The initiative was led by the Country Office with the support from the United Nations Population Fund, United Nations Joint Advocacy Project on HIV/AIDS, United Nations Children’s Fund, the Ministry of Health and Social Protection of the Population of Tajikistan and the Republican HIV/AIDS Center.

The awards covered articles and programmes in newspapers, magazines, journals, radio and television across the country. The highest prizes were granted to:

  • Ms Khamraguli Kodir, “Jumhuriyat”, newspaper of the Government of Tajikistan, first place; 
  • Ms Aminova Shamigul, TVT Channel No 1, television programme, second place; and 
  • Ms Shakhlo Gulkhoja, “Ozodi” (“Freedom”) radio programme, third place.

In congratulating the winners, Dr Pavel Ursu, WHO Representative in Tajikistan, said: “I am delighted to see all the active participants and winners of the contest, who are making a great contribution to society by spreading effective, efficient and key information to the general public. You are our main channels. The WHO Country Office is eager to continue working with other United Nations Agencies to support such initiatives in the future.”

Representatives of people living with HIV applauded the initiative as a means to reduce stigma and self-stigmatizing in the future.

World AIDS Day celebration

World AIDS Day 2014 took place on 1 December 2014 and was also celebrated in Tajikistan through various awareness-raising activities in parks and the main streets of Dushanbe city. Young people and other volunteers disseminated informational materials and expressed their own commitment to the fight against HIV/AIDS.