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Think Wise 2012 - A Partnership to outrun HIV/AIDS

© UNICEF/Sri Lanka/2012/Rajat Madhok
Princy and the Positive Women’s Network, won the Red Ribbon Award at the World AIDS Conference earlier this year. Her organization receives support from Sri Lanka’s Family Planning Association and UNAIDS.

A Life Less Ordinary

By Rajat Madhok and Urvashi J Kumar

COLOMBO, Sri Lanka, 26 September 2012 - 53 year old Princy Mangalika has a way of looking straight at those she addresses. A demeanor that speaks volumes of her deep-rooted strength and confidence. It belies the fact that just over a decade ago she was struggling to piece together her life after her husband, unable to handle the fear of stigma on learning he was HIV positive, committed suicide. The mother of two gets visibly emotional when she recalls the night when she ran out of her burning house, clutching her daughters hard, struggling to keep them safe after her neighbours set her house afire soon after her husband’s death. He was shunned even in death and was denied a proper burial. Shamed and ostracized, Princy, who had contracted HIV from her husband, was denied even her dignity and her world as she knew it shattered in front of her eyes. 

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With two little girls to support, Princy turned to her mother for help. She was fortunate for the support she received from her. Today, Princy is a figure of hope for many. Running a grassroots NGO called Positive Women’s Network she and her team members, all HIV positive, work tirelessly to fight the stigma associated with HIV and AIDS and help those living with HIV get the support and care they need. Read more

 

Think Wise 2012 - A Partnership to outrun HIV/AIDS

Information is power and in the fight against HIV/AIDS it can tip the scales. In an attempt to stem the spread of HIV/AIDS across cricket playing nations in Asia, Africa and the Caribbean, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and the International Cricket Council first joined hands in 2003 under the slogan ‘Run out AIDS’.

In the run up to the ICC Cricket World Cup 2007 in the Caribbean, UNICEF joined the historic partnership, kicking off the global ‘Unite for Children, Unite for AIDS’ campaign. Building on the history and experience, the partners agreed in 2009 to continue the global partnership under the banner of “Think Wise”.

 

The partnership banks on the popularity of top cricket stars to combat the global AIDS crisis in countries where cricket is the leading sport. Over 40% of the new HIV infections globally are being reported among 15-24 year olds. This means every day another 3000 young people are infected with the virus.The campaign encourages young people to be informed, take appropriate action to prevent HIV infection and stand together against the stigma and discrimination often facing people living with and/or affected by HIV/AIDS.

Over the years, several players from different cricket playing nations have become active supporters of this campaign. These “ThinkWise Champions” include stars like Virender Sehwag (India), Kumar Sangakkara (Sri Lanka), Ramnaresh Sarwan (West Indies), Nathan Bracken (Australia), Isa Guha (England), Stafanie Taylor (West Indies) and Shakib Al Hasan (Bangladesh).

For more information, please contact :

Rajat Madhok
Regional Communication Specialist
UNICEF South Asia
Mobile: +91-9818103787
Email: rmadhok@unicef.org


 

© UNICEF/Sri Lanka/2012/Earl Jayasuriya
Players from the West Indies Cricket Team signing cricket bats for a group of children at the event held as part of the ICC, UNAIDS and UNICEF Think Wise initiative to highlight the need to combat stigma and discrimination surrounding HIV/AIDS.

 

 

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