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Iranian NGO receives Red Ribbon Award for AIDS work

Source: Islamic Republic News Agency

The 2012 Red Ribbon Award prize of dlrs 10,000 was handed over to Afraye Sabz Association for its outstanding work in response to HIV at the community level.

The Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and the Red Ribbon Award Secretariat are proud to announce the official handover of the 2012 Red Ribbon Award prize to Afraye Sabz Association, a press release issued by the UN Information Center (UNIC) said. Through its activities and engagement, Afraye Sabz Association is making a vital difference in the lives of people affected by HIV.

At today's award ceremony in Kermanshah, Afraye Sabz Association received the prize, presented by Dr Fardad Doroudi, UNAIDS Country Coordinator, recognizing the Red Ribbon Award Winner and their contributions to the response to HIV in Iran.

Afraye Sabz Association, established in 2001, is a Non-Governmental Organization in Kermanshah Province. In response to the epidemic situation, the Association was formed to reduce and prevent HIV and AIDS among the public, especially among young people and key populations at greater risk of HIV infection. In order to achieve its goal, the Association aims to raise awareness of people (youth in particular) by providing educational and other complementary services as well as support PLHIV families and those who are affected by HIV and AIDS.

The Islamic Republic of Iran is one of 38 countries designated by UNAIDS as a "high-impact country" by virtue of its contribution to controlling the HIV epidemic globally.

The Red Ribbon Award is the world's leading recognition of excellence in the community-based response to HIV. The winners in 2012 were chosen by a panel of leading international AIDS NGOs from over 1,400 nominees from around the world based on their excellence in the areas of:

  • Prevention of sexual transmission of HIV
  • Prevention of HIV among/by people who use drugs
  • Treatment, care and support
  • Advocacy and Human Rights and/or
  • Stopping new HIV infections in children and keeping mothers alive / women's rights

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