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“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.

CRITERIA

The selected candidates must be able to show substantial achievements and impact through their activities in one of the following areas:

Awareness raising in the field of HIV/AIDS prevention:

  • Media campaigns, publications, information and education materials
  • Educational activities such as trainings and peer to peer education

Stigma, Discrimination and Human Rights

  • Working 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.

Applications 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 SPONSORS

UNAIDS – 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.

UNIFEM is 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.

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