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Compliance with human rights and freedoms of individual is a foundation of the country's ongoing response to the HIV epidemic.  
October 30, 2014 in Dushanbe (Tajikistan) the round table for more than 35 Mass Media representatives of the country on “HIV infection: the importance of objective, accurate and politically correct media coverage” conducted.
The event was organized through the initiative of the Ministry of Health and Social Protection of Population of the Republic of Tajikistan in cooperation with United Nations Joint Advocacy Project on HIV/AIDS in Tajikistan (UNAIDS, UNDP, UNFPA and UNICEF), through the  financial support of UNDP Regional Centre for Europe and CIS. 

The main purpose of the round table was to familiarize the participants of the event with manual for the journalists “HIV infection: media coverage”, developed by the group of local authors, representing the National AIDS Center in Tajikistan and the Tajik State Medical University.
During the event, all participant got information on the principles of HIV infection (prevention, diagnosis, treatment) and the issues of HIV/AIDS related stigma and discrimination.   The representatives of SCOs, who also participated in the round table, answered to journalists' questions regarding their work with key high-risk groups and people living with HIV.
Also, participants were introduced with epidemiological situation on HIV in the country and updated Law of the Republic of Tajikistan "On Combating HIV and AIDS". The updated law reflects the issues regarding protection of the rights and freedoms of people, as a basis of the HIV prevention activities.
During the event, it was mentioned that Mass Media play an important part in prevention of the HIV infection in the country.  It is known that correct, exact and regular coverage of the topic “HIV infection” in Mass Media contributes to improvement of effectiveness of realized prevention programmes and  reducing sigma and discrimination in society towards people living with HIV and AIDS.   
The participants of the round table have mentioned that The Media Channels of the country characterized by a poor commitment of the coverage of HIV infection issues.
Also it was emphasized, that strengthening the partnership among Mass Media and HIV service state and public organizations is a key component to successful fight against HIV infection.
According to the programme of the round table, the participants of the event had a study visit to the State Institution “the National AIDS Center in Tajikistan”, where could deal with leading specialists of this medical institution and identified the topics for  their future broadcasts on HIV issues.
Upon completing of the event, all participants received the Manual for the journalists: “HIV infection: media coverage” and expressed their confidence that this Manual will serve as a stimulus for the development and coverage of helpful and effective materials on this topic.  
For more information, please contact Bakhtiyor Mirzoev, Advocacy and Communication Officer, UN Joint Advocacy Project on HIV in Tajikistan at: bakhtiyor.mirzoev@undp.org or Numon Abduhamedov, Advocacy and Communication Officer of the   National AIDS Center in Tajikistan numon.art@mail.ru.

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