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UNICEF Ukraine hosts Spanish media

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14 October, Kyiv, Ukraine – To raise awareness on challenges of HIV-affected children among the European community, UNICEF Ukraine hosted the visit of Spanish media. The delegation from the Spanish National Committee and journalists from Spanish prominent magazine XL Semanal visited Ukraine. During October 11-14 Project Coordinator Diana Valcarcel and two journalists Carlos Manuel and Carlos Carrion visited facilities for HIV-positive children and street children.

XL Semanal magazine is going to publish an article telling about HIV-positive children and most at risk adolescents in Ukraine. The article will also cover outcomes of the UNICEF-supported HIV/AIDS programme in Ukraine and major challenges that are still present in the area.

Spanish UNICEF National Committee is one of the donors of UNICEF Ukraine, especially for healthcare programs. Supporting publication of such articles, the National Committee raises awareness among Spanish people about the problems related to most at risk adolescents which UNICEF Ukraine deals with.

The delegation visited Ukrainian Children-specialised clinic Okhmadyt, Youth friendly clinic in Kyiv and Kyiv city AIDS centre where journalists conducted interviews with healthcare and social workers and took a short tour on these institutions. Journalists were interested in methods for countering HIV epidemic in Ukraine. Special focus was put on difficulties which HIV positive people face when they come to state facilities for the treatment.

The delegation also participated in outreach work together with the evening social patrol for street children. Social workers told how difficult and complicated the situation with street children is. Journalists had also the opportunity to talk to children that live in the streets and see terrible living conditions, these children live in, are.
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Editor’s Note: Ukraine has the highest incidence of HIV in Europe. The official estimate, endorsed by the National Council on TB and HIV/AIDS under the Cabinet of Ministers, is that 1.4 percent of the adult population (15-49 years old) is infected with HIV. The epidemic continues to increase rapidly, with 19,859 new cases of HIV officially reported in 2009. This represents a 7.6 percent increase over 2007. While injecting drug use remains the primary route of transmission, heterosexual transmission is growing and women now represent 45 percent of all adults living with HIV in Ukraine.

About UNICEF: The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) is the world’s leader for children, working on the ground in 190 countries to help children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence. UNICEF is funded entirely by the voluntary contributions of individuals, businesses, foundations and governments. UNICEF opened its office in Kyiv in 1997.

For further information please contact:
Veronika Vashchenko, Communication Officer, UNICEF Ukraine, Tel: + 38.044.254.2450, vvashchenko@unicef.org
Diana Valcárcel Silvela, Projects Coordinator, UNICEF Spain, Tel. +34 91 378 86 03, dvalcarcel@unicef.es

 

 
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