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At a glance: Germany

UNICEF National Action Day raises HIV/AIDS awareness in Germany

© UNICEF Germany/2006
About 100 students gathered at the Chancellery building in Berlin to raise awareness of AIDS on UNICEF National Action Day.

BERLIN, Germany, 5 June 2006 – Dressed in red UNICEF shirts and carrying crosses with the slogan, ‘Stop AIDS! Every minute a child is dying of AIDS’, about 100 students gathered in front of the Chancellery building here to raise HIV/AIDS awareness on UNICEF National Action Day. The event took place on 12 May in anticipation of the United Nations 2006 High Level Meeting on AIDS, which wrapped up on Friday in New York.

The students, ages 14 to 16, used megaphones to broadcast the slogan of the German campaign: ‘I fight with UNICEF against AIDS, because...’ Similar events took place in 100 other cities throughout Germany, with 8,000 UNICEF volunteers participating.

National Action Day was intended as a signal for the Federal German Government to take the lead in the fight against HIV/AIDS and focus its development aid more on medical supplies and social support for affected children.

“Every minute one child dies of HIV/AIDS – that means 500,000 children every year. Only a tiny fraction of the more than 2 million children worldwide who are HIV-positive receive drugs against the virus,“ said UNICEF Chairperson Heide Simonis at the rally in Berlin.

© UNICEF Germany/2006
The symbol of National Action Day is a wooden cross with the inscription, ‘Stop HIV/AIDS! Every minute one child dies of HIV/AIDS’.

‘Forgotten victims of HIV/AIDS’

Also attending were the German actress and UNICEF Ambassador Katja Riemann, and the Executive Director of the German National Committee for UNICEF, Dietrich Garlichs.

“It is a scandal that children are widely neglected in the fight against HIV/AIDS“, said Ms. Riemann. “We want to arouse the governments so that children no longer remain the forgotten victims of HIV/AIDS.“

So far, more than 300,000 people in Germany have given their signatures to support the UNITE FOR CHILDREN  UNITE AGAINST AIDS campaign, which was launched by UNICEF and its partners in October 2005 to heighten global awareness about the impact of AIDS on children.




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