Kyrgyzstan launches Unite for Chlidren. Unite against AIDS campaign
Hip-hop band “Kiggas” at the launch of Unite for Children. Unite against AIDS at the National Theatre in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan.
Bishkek, 24 November 2005: The smiling faces of children on more than 150 photos symbolized the launch of the global campaign in Kyrgyzstan.
The exhibition reflected a heartfelt determination to stop the spread of HIV in this Central Asian republic where the number of people affected by HIV is still relatively small. The launch called on everyone to take responsibility to protect themselves and their children, and to provide support and understanding to all children infected or affected by HIV.
While the mood in the photos might have been light-hearted, there are real fears that such happiness is fragile and could be ruined by the rapid spread of HIV infection – with infections increasing 14-fold in this small country in just the last five years.
The evening saw students, children from residential institutions and working children in the audience for a concert to kick off the Kyrgyz campaign. Famous singers and artists -- Adil Chekilov, Yryskeldy, Aktan Isabaev, Kiggaz and others used their performances to express their to protect their own children and all young people of Kyrgyzstan from the threat of HIV.
“Let our children live in a world without AIDS” has become the motto for the global campaign in Kyrgyzstan. The launch day was preceded by two talk shows on prime-time National TV to grab the attention of the public.
HIV prevention will continue to be a priority for the Kyrgyz Government, UNICEF and other partners in Kyrgyzstan for the next five years. The goal is to prevent the spread of the virus by putting children at the heart of the national HIV agenda, providing all young people with knowledge and skills to protect themselves and establishing youth friendly services throughout the republic.
For more information:
Ulan Dubanaev, Communication Assistant, UNICEF Kyrgyzstan. Tel: (996 312) 611 211. email: firstname.lastname@example.org