EVENING OF FABULOUS LIVE MUSIC IN SUPPORT OF WORLD AIDS DAY HELD IN DUSHANBENov 28, 2015
November 28, 2015 UN Joint Advocacy Project on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS, UNDP, UNFPA and UNICEF) in Tajikistan and Civil Society Organization “Spin Plus” in close cooperation with national and international organizations host a charity concert dedicated to the World AIDS Day 2015. The charity concert brought together more than 500 people, who enjoined the performances of famous Tajik pop and rock groups and musicians.
The event was opened by Dr. Navruz Jafarov, Deputy Minister of Health and Social Protection of Population of Tajikistan, who expressed the Governmental commitment in increasing access to treatment of HIV for the People who live with this infection. It was mentioned that to fight against the HIV, we need more knowledge and information to promote the rights of PLHIV and eliminate the stigma and discrimination.
At the same time, Mr. Ghulam Isaczai, Country Director, UNDP Country Office in Tajikistan in his opening speech has stressed “UNDP is in solidarity with those people who say NO to related HIV/AIDS Stigma and Discrimination. Today we can see representatives of the Government and international organizations, as well as dozens of community organizations, who present in this charity music show. This is a great force for the promotion of healthy lifestyles among young people and share the information on the rights of PLHIV.”
The participants enjoyed live music show and became the witnesses of real stories of People living with HIV, who shared their stories regarding their illness and how their managed to overcome their fair and started live a full life, became happy husbands and fathers of healthy children. "Drug addiction ruined my life. When I learned about my diagnosis I was in terrible despair and depression. I suddenly realized that I am at the “bottom”. My friends, my girlfriend and relatives turned from me, I lost my job. But I didn’t give up and with the help of doctors, specialists, and social workers it has been 13 years since I stopped using the drugs. Several years ago, I met a woman and we fall in love to each other. I've got an even greater incentive to continue treatment and now we grow beautiful healthy daughter, for which I do not stop to thank God and all the people who helped me. Meanwhile, I call to all people to be tolerant towards people living with HIV, do not reject them"- said a man who looked around 40 years old addressing the audience.
Pulod Jamolov, director of CSO “Spin Plus” and one of the initiators of the concert has mentioned “The fight against AIDS has to happen on two main fronts - prevention and care. To prevent the spread of AIDS we have to educate people on how to prevent infection. We have to make sure that people living with AIDS get care and support to help them live longer and healthier lives. Government cannot fight this battle alone. Government can provide health and welfare services, development programmes and information. Organizations on the ground have to provide the type of leadership and direction that will lead to real change in people's attitudes and behavior. It is also the responsibility of every individual to support the fight against AIDS”.
The objective of this World AIDS Day campaign was to raise awareness about the need to Fast-Track the AIDS response and the targets that must be met by 2020 in order to end the epidemic by 2030 as part of the Sustainable Development Goals. Posters and postcards have been produced with the main theme message, as well as individual messages that were printed and shared on social media. In cooperation with the Republican AIDS Center in cities and districts of Tajikistan the action dedicated to the WAD conducted. From 23 to 28 November 2015 the Republican AIDS Center announced a week of Voluntary Counseling and Testing. During this period everyone was able to go for voluntary counseling and testing for HIV.
Events dedicated to World AIDS Day held in secondary schools, colleges and universities, in jamoats in rural and urban mahallas in institutions, hospitals, public parks, etc. 1 December 2015, the Radio Quiz in two main nationwide radio stations “Sadoi Dushanbe” and “Radio Tajikistan” in Russian and Tajik languages sounded. The Radio Quiz involved listeners through all over the country, which l had a great opportunity to find out the basic information about HIV/AIDS. Also in cooperation with voluntary organizations around 5 000 IEC materials on HIV/AIDS prevention disseminated among students of city colleagues of Dushanbe.
Bakhtiyor Mirzoev, Advocacy and Communication Officer, UN Joint Advocacy Project on HIV in Tajikistan at: firstname.lastname@example.org