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HIV & AIDS and Children

AIDS campaign launches in Mongolia

© UNICEF Mongolia/2006
Schoolchildren participate in the launch of the UNITE FOR CHILDREN UNITE AGAINST AIDS campaign in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.

By Bolor Purevdorj

ULAANBAATAR, Mongolia, 13 November 2006 – The UNITE FOR CHILDREN  UNITE AGAINST AIDS campaign was launched in Mongolia’s capital city last month, with opening remarks from the Chairperson of the National Authority for Children, Togtokhnyam Mijiddorj.

In her speech, Ms. Mijiddorj pointed out that although Mongolia has a low HIV prevalence rate, current data shows a trend of increasing sexually transmitted diseases and a lack of awareness of HIV prevention, especially among young people.

Regional Director of UNAIDS Prasada Rao noted that the rapid spread of HIV is having a far-reaching impact on Asia-Pacific countries. He called for urgent action to ensure that young people are given enough attention in the fight against HIV/AIDS.

© UNICEF Mongolia/2006
UNICEF Representative in Mongolia Bertrand Desmoulins celebrates the launch of the AIDS campaign with a group of schoolchildren.

Importance of HIV education

UNICEF Representative in Mongolia Bertrand Desmoulins took the stage with schoolchildren wearing yellow campaign shirts. Dr. Desmoulins stressed the importance of HIV education among young people and the need to strengthen national strategies on HIV prevention, including prevention of mother-to-child transmission. Later, the schoolchildren performed the ‘Tsam,’ a Buddhist religious dance, to symbolize their aspirations for an HIV-free Mongolia.

Mongolian singer and UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador T. Ariunaa also participated in the event. She made an appeal to work with children and young people on prevention of HIV/AIDS at both the global and national levels.

The launch coincided with the First Asia-Pacific Regional Conference on Universal Access to HIV Prevention, Treatment, Care and Support in Low Prevalence Countries, which was hosted by the Government of Mongolia with support from UNAIDS, UNICEF and other partners.




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