Tehran, Dec 15, IRNA - United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) presented the Mashad-based NGO, Hamyaran Mosbat with the Red Ribbon Award for their work in the area of HIV/AIDS, in a ceremony held today in Tehran.
The director of the organization, Dr. Vahid
Nobahar, received the award, which carries a grant of $20,000 for their work.
The Red Ribbon Award: Celebrating Community leadership and Action on AIDS aims
to bring international recognition to grassroots organizations that have shown
innovative and effective responses to the HIV/AIDS epidemic. The award, which is
given on a biannual basis, was granted to 25 organizations, located in five
different geographical areas; Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Eastern Europe and
Central Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean and the Middle East and North
Africa, on June 11th, 2008, the UN Information Center in Tehran reported.
Selected from over 500 global nominations, UNAIDS considers each of the 25 awardees "a testament to the success of community-based organizations in the response to AIDS". Hamyaran Mosbat was not only recognized as one of the 25 winning organizations of the Red Ribbon Award, but also as one of the five organisations to receive a special recognition award by a jury established during the XVII International AIDS Conference in Mexico City.
Hamyaran Mosbat, established in May 2007, works in close partnership with local, national and international institutions in the north and east of Iran to provide support to people living with HIV and other key populations. The organisation has established HIV clubs which offer peer education, prevention workshops, a referral support system, counselling and home-based care, while simultaneously doing advocacy with religious leaders.
By also focusing its efforts on people living with HIV as well as high risk groups such as injecting drug users, sex workers, and refugees, the organisation has managed to offer comprehensive services in a complex environment. Hamyaran Mosbat's harm reduction efforts have already benefited 2,500 injecting drug users and more than 16,000 youths and adolescents have been reached through its outreach materials, and many more through its quarterly publication that provides a voice for people affected by HIV.
The organisation was a joint initiative between UNAIDS, the Family Planning Organisation of the I. R. Of Iran and the Centre for Disease Control (Ministry of Health), and is one of the beneficiaries of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM) project:
"The Prevention and Control of HIV/AIDS in I.R. of Iran through Public, Civil Society and Private Partnerships."
The project has been implemented in Iran from 2005 by UNDP with the Centre for Disease Control (CDC), Iran's State Prisons Organisation, Ministry of Education, UNAIDS and the Family Planning Organisation of Iran as key partners.
The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria was created to dramatically increase resources to fight three of the world's most devastating diseases, and to direct those resources to areas of greatest need.
As a partnership between governments, civil society, the private sector and affected communities, the Global Fund represents an innovative approach to international health financing.
In addition to the UN Resident Representative, Mr. Knut Osby, the ceremony was also attended by representatives from United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF), UNFPA, as well as the head of the HIV/AIDS Department of the Centre of Disease Control (CDC) Dr. Abbas Sedaghat, the Vice Chair of the Country Coordinating Mechanism (CCM) Dr.
Gholamreza Heidari, Global Fund's Portfolio Co-ordinator, Ms. Malavika Rao and UNAIDS Regional Director for the Middle East and North Africa, Dr. Renu Chahil-Graf.
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