“Prevention will maintain its prominence
as having the key role until or unless we have a preventive vaccine, at which
point it will still remain, and the involvement of the media is regarded as
essential for the task of informing and educating the public about HIV/AIDS” Jonathan Mann
Jonathan Mann was the founder of the World Health Organisation’s Special Programme on HIV/AIDS, which in 1996 was replaced by UNAIDS, the joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS. Recognising the inter-relation between global public health and respect for human rights, Jonathan Mann was one of the first to
identify poverty and social marginalization as major risk factors in relation
to HIV/AIDS. Mann’s premature death in 1998 deprived the world of an eminent
global health leader.
Facing the problems of HIV/AIDS means raising awareness and encouraging prevention and behavioural change, while providing safe alternatives.
Due to the rapid
increase in the number of HIV-infections in Central
Asia, the Jonathan Mann Award was established in 1999,
in order to encourage HIV/AIDS prevention efforts among civil society, media
and government institutions in the region.
The awards of
1000 USD each, are handed out in connection with the World Aids Day on 1
December in Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan, to an individual or
institution which have made a significant contribution to HIV/AIDS prevention
work. The award is earmarked for further HIV/AIDS prevention efforts.
The award is
sponsored by WHO, UNAIDS, UNICEF, UNESCO, UNDCP, UNIFEM and UNFPA.
candidates must be able to show substantial achievements and impact through
their activities in one of the following areas:
raising in the field of HIV/AIDS prevention:
- Media campaigns,
publications, information and education materials
activities such as trainings and peer to peer education
Stigma, Discrimination and
against discrimination of, and for the social and legal support of PLWHA
and the vulnerable groups injecting drug users, sex workers and men having
sex with men.
Provision of services
- Provision of
social, medical or psychological support, or any other activities
enhancing the quality of life of PLWHA and vulnerable groups
Applicants should provide a detailed description of their or their
organisation’s activities, with additional supporting documents.
shall be submitted to the UN Theme Groups in each country by 1st November 2003, which will
make the first review of the candidates. The final decision will be taken by
representatives of the sponsor agencies’ regional offices under the auspices of
the UNESCO Regional Office in Almaty.
The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS brings together the efforts and
resources of 8 UN system organizations in order to prevent new HIV infections,
care for those already infected and lessen the impact of the epidemic.
The main objective of UNESCO is
to contribute to peace and security in the world by promoting collaboration
among nations through education, science, culture and communication in order to
further universal respect for justice, for the rule of law and for the human
rights and fundamental freedoms".
The United Nations Drug Control
Programme (UNDCP) is entrusted with the exclusive responsibility for
coordinating and providing effective leadership for all UN drug control
activities. UNDCP addresses all aspects of the drug problem, including such
wide-ranging activities as demand reduction, compromising prevention, treatment
and rehabilitation; supply reduction; including law enforcement and legislative
and institutional advisory services to enhance government's capacity to
implement the international drug control conventions.
the UN Development Fund for Women, working through programmes and projects with
the aim to end discrimination and violence against women. UNIFEM is supporting
diverse strategies to ensure that the concerns of women are an integral part of
all HIV/AIDS prevention efforts.
UNICEF protects children and their rights by
providing services and supplies and by helping shape policy agendas and budgets
in the best interests of children. HIV/AIDS has been identified
as a top organizational priority for the years 2002-2005, and has during the
last years accelerated its country level response to HIV/AIDS and young people
primarily through programming on Young People’s Health and Development and
Protection. Specific components of action plans include advocacy and
information campaigns, support of life skills based education in schools, peer
education networks, and youth friendly services.
WHO – The World Health
Organization, the United Nations specialized agency for health has as its
objective, as set out in its Constitution, the attainment by all peoples of the
highest possible level of health. Health is defined in WHO's Constitution as a
state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the
absence of disease or infirmity. From the time WHO was a forerunner in the
battle against HIV/AIDS, it has continued to have an extensive programme
covering diagnostics, treatment, prevention, educational and research aspects
of the HIV/AIDS issue.
UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, is integrating HIV/AIDS prevention
in reproductive health programming around the world. Prevention includes
promoting safer sexual behaviour among young people, ensuring availability of
condoms, and their extensive and correct use; empowering women to protect
themselves and their children, and encouraging men to make a difference.