World AIDS Day in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
To mark World AIDS Day on 1 December 2013, the WHO Country Office in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia is conducting a national HIV/AIDS awareness campaign. The campaign aims to make preventive programmes more visible and accepted in order to tackle issues such as stigma, discrimination, gender equality and sexual/domestic violence and human rights on behalf of most-at-risk populations.
The campaign will last two months and include public events on and around World AIDS Day involving celebrities and opinion leaders, a radio jingle, social network activities as well as continuous involvement of national media.
A video developed for the occasion focuses on the motto "Getting to zero: Zero new HIV infections. Zero discrimination. Zero AIDS-related deaths". The video features local celebrities, who tell of the importance of reducing stigma and of ensuring access to services, so that people living with HIV can live a normal life.
World AIDS Day
World AIDS Day on 1 December provides the opportunity for public and private partners to raise awareness about the status of the pandemic, encourage progress in HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment and care and call on governments to ensure greater access to treatment for all.
Regional and national action
WHO provides ongoing technical support to national health authorities in the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia for combating HIV/AIDS in line with the Global Health Sector Strategy on HIV/AIDS 2011–2015 and the European health policy Health 2020.
The Country Office will continue to support the country to implement activities in this area throughout the 2014–2015 biennium, by promoting improved governance and leadership capacity for health and advancing advocacy and awareness raising.