UNITE FOR CHILDREN. UNITE AGAINST AIDS
UNITE FOR CHLDREN, UNITE AGAINST AIDS is an awareness building, partnership and fundraising campaign that was launched globally in November 2005.
In Guyana the Ministry of Health, together with the Ministries of Education and Labour, Human Services and Social Security have come together to look at national programmes around the campaign's four pivot areas in the light of achieving its mission and putting issues affecting children on the front burner.
The campaign's four main focus areas (called the Pour Ps) are:
The Unite for Children, Unite Against AIDS campaign seeks to put the missing face of children affected by AIDS at the centre of the HIV/AIDS agenda and ensures that the voices of children and young people are heard on issues that affect them by:-
LAUNCH OF THE GLOBAL CAMPAIGN
Guyana launched the Global Campaign on Children and AIDS in May 2006 when Minister of Health Dr. Leslie Ramsammy appealed to agencies and corporations, activists and scientists, community workers, families, young people and children themselves to join the many Guyanese who are already working towards an AIDS-free generation when "not one more child will die from AIDS, not one more child will be infected with HIV, not one more child will loose a parent, teacher or friend to a pandemic that must be stopped."
With support from UNICEF and active participation from the Guyana Cricket Board, the Guyana Football Federatoin and the Guyana Table Tennis Association, the Ministries of Health, Education and Human Services and Social Security hosted an exhibition and cultural presentation, appealing to young people to make choices leading to a healthy lifestyle. The sporting organiations were instrumental in organising interactive sessions where both children and teachers were able to gain valuable information on the sport of their choice. These sports were showcased as healthy choices for youths.
The launch event also focussed on putting the issues around the HIV epidemic forward through the voices of the children and spoke to key decision makers as well as a mass of young people. Over 500 children from all ten regions of Guyana were in attendance and participated fully as they chanted the local theme song dubbed, "Don't Give It To The children" performed in a "hip-hop" style. Other addresses were made by UNICEF Regional Director for Latin America and the Caribbean, Nils Kastberg and then UNAIDS Country Coordinator, Dr. Michel DeGroulard
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