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World AIDS Day activities

28
NOV
2011

Aids Alliance

Alliance Linking Organisations across the world have organised a host of events to celebrate World AIDS Day 2011.

AFRICA

In Nairobi, Kenya, KANCO is collaborating with other civil societies and the Division for Tuberculosis and Leprosy in Kibera to screen people for TB. The target is to screen 2,000 people. There will also be a roadshow targeting young people with HIV and AIDS awareness messages through music, an ‘HIV and AIDS Stigma Reduction walk’ in Nairobi and counselling and testing in churches in nine regions.

The International HIV/AIDS Alliance in South Sudan will be mobilizing local organisations and networks to participate in the annual awareness march in Juba. They will also be participating in TV and radio talk shows throughout the day.

In Mozambique, MONASO and a range of other civil society organisations held a press conference to express their concern about the shortfall in antiretroviral treatment (ART) in 2012.

ASIA

On 1 December the International HIV/AIDS Alliance in China will be presented with the prestigious ‘Loyalty Award’ for its dedication and service to the community and people living with HIV. They will also be supporting a number of events to raise awareness of issues affecting men who have sex with men.

India's Pehchan programme will call for continued and expanded efforts to protect and support men who have sex with men, transgender peoplr and hijras. More than 200 people, including television personalities, activists, policy makers, and people living with HIV will be attending an event at the New Delhi YMCA to show support for the programme. You can read a reflection on the first year of the project here.

In the Philippines PHANSuP and its partners have organised two fun runs, one for young people in La Union and another for people living with HIV in Manila. These will take place on 3 and 10 December respectively

In Malaysia, MAC and its partners have organised over 20 events across Malaysia including a stage play with monologues by people living with and affected by HIV.

KHANA, our Linking Organisation in Cambodia have launched a photo book called Faces of Hope: Communities overcoming the impact of HIV. The book illustrates the contribution that treatment has made to restoring people to health, and the role of livelihoods support to restore lost livelihoods. It contains contributions from people living with HIV, orphans and vulnerable children, people who use drugs and men who have sex with men.

KHANA will also feature in the documentary film ‘From Stigma to Hope’ which will be screened at the International Symposium on AIDS at the Harvard School of Public Health, Boston. Dr Oum Sopheap, Executive Director of KHANA will also be speaking at the event.

CARIBBEAN

In Barbados a march and rally will be held in collaboration with the Ministry of Social Transformation, under the theme “HIV and Disabilities do not Discriminate, Neither Should You”. This is a whole day event and starts with a march and ends in a health fair for the general public. The Barbados country office will have a booth displaying information and will distribute condoms.

In St Vincent and the Grenadines a health fair to raise awareness of HIV/AIDS issues including human rights in an effort to reduce HIV-related stigma is taking place.

EASTERN EUROPE

In Ukraine a World AIDS Day concert took place in Kiev’s Sport Palace on 24 November, while a ‘Health Marathon’ is running from 21 November – 1 December at the country’s biggest university, Kiev Polytechnic Institute. Here counselling and testing are available along with condoms and prevention materials. In Odessa condoms and prevention materials are being distributed at petrol stations.

LATIN AMERICA

IDH, the Alliance Linking Organisation in Bolivia, will be launching their film, ‘The Limit of Silence’.  Aimed at young people, the film explores themes such as sexual harassment and peer pressure. Other activities include the annual solidarity march and an AIDS memorial mass.

In El Salvador, Atlacatl, will be holding its 10th annual World AIDS Day torch lit march. This years theme is: ‘Indifference won’t eradicate stigma and discrimination’.  Atlacatl’s first march took place in 1988, with 25 participants. According to Odir Miranda, the Executive Director of Atlacatl, “the torches symbolise the light of hope that there is a cure that will help us to forget about this pandemic.” In 2010, 500 people took part in the march, and this year the organisers are hoping that number will double.

UK

Anamaria Bejar, Head of Team: Latin America, will be discussing the Alliance’s experiences at the TUC’s seminar ‘AIDS in a time of Austerity’. The event will bring together trade unionists, interested NGOs and government officials to look at the status of the disease in the UK and examine the current budget constraints and their impact on the services available to people living with HIV.