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UNESCO: World AIDS Day

Getting to Zero, Starting with Education

World AIDS Day (WAD), on December 1, was created to raise awareness about the disease, demonstrate solidarity and reflect on progress in the response. The theme for this WAD, and all others until 2015, is “Getting to Zero: zero new HIV infections, zero discrimination and zero AIDS-related deaths.” UNAIDS in its 2013 Global Reporthighlight some significant achievements, such as the reduction of sexual transmission of HIV in some countries, but this is not the time for complacency. Existing gains must be reinforced and there is still a lot of work to be done to reach the UN internationally agreed target of 95 per cent knowledge levels amongst young people by 2015.

This World AIDS Day is an opportunity to celebrate much progress… All of this is positive, but fragile. There are worrisome signs that social and behavioural programmes may now have a lower priority than before…Young people continue to be a priority target for global action. This group still requires effective HIV and sexuality education programmes, access to high-quality and youth-friendly sexual and reproductive health services, and the elimination of sexual violence against young women and girls

Irina Bokova, UNESCO Director General

UNESCO Regional activities in 2013

The education sector has a key role to play in preventing new infections, supporting testing, treatment and care, and reducing stigma and discrimination. To that end, in 2013, UNESCO has been involved in a number of activities and programmes. In particular it has supported countries by providing technical support to ministries of education in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), Eastern Europe and Central Asia (EECA), Africa, the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and Asia-Pacific. It has also worked with civil society and the private sector to increase the impact and efficiency of a coordinated HIV response.

The last few years have seen a distinctive change in the HIV response. International funding is decreasing while domestic funding is increasing. Priorities are changing, with “AIDS fatigue” setting in in some areas. Advances in medical research and technology are requiring adaptation of the response to new realities (please see box on UNESCO’s new publication, Charting the Course of Education and HIV, for further analysis of these changes and the way forward).

In response, UNESCO is focusing on the needs of young people and adolescents for coordinated sexual and reproductive education and services (see article on Young People Today for further details). It is also exploring new ways of reaching large numbers in an efficient and effective manner, for example through its association with Baidu, the most popular search engine in China, to provide sexual and reproductive health information (see Newsletter for further details). In addition, UNESCO is working to build capacity for effective programming with young people among key populations (YKPs). To that end, training modules were developed and piloted in Asia Pacific, adapted for East and Southern Africa and LAC, and training has started.

Please see below for a regional overview of UNESCO activities in 2013

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“IT HAPPENED TO ME”

On the eve of World AIDS Day 2013, UNESCO will screen the short film ‘It Happened To Me’ on November 28, in Paris (France).The film, funded by UNESCO, was directed by Chris Ihidero; a young Nigerian film director. 

This short film, based on a true story, looks at the HIV situation among young people, in Nigeria, from the film director’s perspective. It is filmed using Nigeria’s cinema industry know-how and style, also known as “Nollywood”.

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About the Film΄

 

    Photo: A microscopic image of the AIDS virus

    AIDS Virus

    Photograph by Eye of Science/Photo Researchers, Inc.

    A gallery of falsely colored transmission electron micrograph images captures the presumed order of events when the HIV virus buds from the surface of a T-lymphocyte white blood cell. The virus particles attack T-lymphocytes, stealing their genetic machinery, thereby forcing them to produce more copies of the virus. The new virus particles then erupt from the cell to infect other T-lymphocytes. As these are a vital part of the immune system, the disease severely weakens immunity, making victims susceptible to seemingly harmless infections.

     

    http://science.nationalgeographic.com/science/photos/aids/

     

    http://www.hivaids.gr/homepage.php?id=koinonia/tellastory

     

    http://gatonix.blogspot.gr/2012/04/aids.html

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