November 24, 2005: Let our Children live in a World without AIDS
On November 24, 2005 at 10:00, in the in the Kyrgyz National Museum of Fine Arts by G. Aitiev, the Kyrgyz Government and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) open a Photo Exhibition “Let Keep Children’s Smiles” and launch a national campaign Unite for Children. Unite against AIDS.
The children’s smiles are a sign that Kyrgyzstan is still in the position to stop the spread of HIV. It is a call upon people to enhance their responsibility on protecting themselves and their children as well as to provide support and understanding to all children infected or affected by HIV/AIDS.
A Sarybaev, Head of the Social and Cultural Development Department of the Kyrgyz Prime-Minister’s Office and R. Young, UNICEF Representative, will present the goals of the campaign and award the best 5 photos. After the official opening, the exhibition will move over Bishkek.
Although in Kyrgyzstan the absolute number of people living with HIV/AIDS is not dramatically big, Kyrgyzstan has a very high speed of the infection spread. Over the five years, the number has been increased by 14 times. Young people are the most affected by HIV. Although the principle means of transmission is drug use, we now face the risk of virus moving into general population. In reality all young people in the country are vulnerable unless they are provided with appropriate information and knowledge to protect themselves.
At the official launch of the campaign in New York on October 25, with Secretary-General Kofi Annan, UNICEF Executive Director Ann M. Veneman and UNAIDS Executive Director Peter Piot noted that every minute:
Children affected by the disease are the “missing face” of AIDS – missing not only from global and national policy discussions on HIV/AIDS, but also lacking access to even the most basic care and prevention services. Globally, the campaign aims to achieve "measurable progress" for children based on internationally agreed goals in four key result areas: Prevention of mother-to-child transmission; paediatric treatment; prevention; as well as protection and support of children affected by AIDS.
UNICEF and UNAIDS invite all partners – the Government, international and non-governmental organizations to put children first and make them a priority when allocating and using resources.
Unite for Children. Unite against AIDS.