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Under the slogan of “Supporting the Future” a series of events dedicated to the international aids candlelight memorial day conducted in Dushanbe

On May 16, 2015, UN Joint Advocacy Project on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS, UNDP, UNFPA and UNICEF) in Tajikistan, in cooperation with Republican Center for AIDS under the Ministry of Health and Social Protection of Population of Tajikistan, through the initiative of Civil Society Organizations “Guli Surkh” and “Network of women living with HIV/AIDS” and other international organizations organized the event dedicated to the International AIDS Candlelight Memorial Day.

The event, which took place in the building of the Republican AIDS Center of Tajikistan, has brought together around 200  representatives from Networks of people living with HIV, Civil Society Organizations, International organization, youth, volunteers and all those, who are concerned  about HIV/AIDS.
Sevara Kamilova, head of the CSO “Guli Surkh” in her opening speech has mentioned that -“It is the day when we support and assist all persons living with HIV and it is also the day when we remember those whom we have lost to AIDS. We are commemorating this Memorial Day under the theme:  “Supporting the future”, it is important that all of us recognize our roles to support the future, because we all have a role to play. Today we see the pain suffered by people who are stigmatized and discriminated because of their HIV-positive status, and excluded from accessing to the support, care and treatment services they so desperately need. In order for us to change an epidemic to low level infection, we need to eradicate stigma and discrimination in our society”.
It should be noted that special theatrical performances reflecting the issues faced by people living with HIV (PLHIV) were demonstrated by volunteers and social workers from communities and networks of PLHIV.
“Through our performances we wanted to show the reaction of a family members regarding how they felt when first found out about they were HIV positive and also how they feel now. We hope that by sharing our thoughts, through these performance  we tried to convey the idea and the massages that  no one is safe from AIDS and PLHIV are extremely need for support and care”, mentioned the volunteer of the theatrical performance.
By the end of the event information education communication materials on HIV/AIDS prevention disseminated among participants.
Information: The International AIDS Candlelight Memorial, coordinated by the Global Network of People living with HIV is one of the world’s oldest and largest grassroots mobilization campaigns for HIV awareness in the world. Started in 1983, the International AIDS Candlelight Memorial takes place every third Sunday in May and is led by a coalition of some 1 200 community organizations in 115 countries. The International AIDS Candlelight Memorial is much more than just a memorial. The International AIDS Candlelight Memorial serves as a community mobilization campaign to raise social consciousness about HIV and AIDS. The International AIDS Candlelight Memorial serves as an important intervention for global solidarity, breaking down barriers of stigma and discrimination, and giving hope to new generations.
For more information, contact: Bakhtiyor Mirzoev, Advocacy and Communication Officer, UN Joint Advocacy Project on HIV in Tajikistan at: bakhtiyor.mirzoev@undp.org.


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