Drawing competition to highlight the rights and needs of children and families affected by HIV/AIDS
The most successful works in the competition of drawings and photos on HIV/AIDS have been awarded with symbolic prizes during appropriate ceremonies in two entity Public Health Institutes, in Sarajevo and Banjaluka. The most successful participants by the jury's grades received rewards - cellular phones and photo cameras.
“The results of this drawing competition highlight and celebrate the rich creative talent in the children of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Most importantly, it also had a very important social purpose. Through this successful collaboration we gained insight into the perceptions, attitudes, and levels of understanding of students on HIV/AIDS and their effects on young people and society.“ – said Ms June Kunugi, UNICEF Representative on this occasion.
“We were happy to see an active participation of children in preparing the works for this competition. Apart from creation of works, it involved discussions and gathering information about the topic through info materials. That way young people have increased their knowledge, life skills and are more aware about the protection of HIV.” – commented Dr. Alma Skopo, the co-ordinator for this competition in the PHI in one of the BiH entities
Organizers of this action were entity Institutes of the Public Health with the support of the relevant Ministries of Education. UNICEF has provided financial support with the funds of the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA).
“This kind of action should become traditional in the forthcoming years, and we hope to assure its sustainability with an active involvement of relevant ministries and government institutions, such as Public Health Institutes and Pedagogical Offices. Although HIV prevalence is still low in Bosnia and Herzegovina, recently conducted Bio-Behavioural Study showed that in this country high-risk behaviours exist, including the early use of drugs and unprotected sex among young people.“ – said dr Ranko Petrovic, HIV/AIDS Specialist in UNICEF Bosnia and Herzegovina.