U.S. Observes World AIDS Day on December 1
Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan - On December 1st,2011, the USAID “Quality Health Care” Project, in collaboration with the Central Asia Regional HIV/AIDS Project and local partners, will organize an event dedicated to World AIDS Day for more than 100 female prisoners serving at the Women’s Colony #2. As part of the awareness-raising campaign on HIV/AIDS prevention, the event will feature a World AIDS Day logo design competition and an HIV knowledge test. The USAID “Quality Health Care” Project will also donate computer and office equipment to Women’s Colony #2 to conduct future HIV/AIDS and TB prevention workshops.
In Osh Oblast, USAID and Kyrgyzstan’s Ministry of Education and Science will organize performances and art contests dedicated to World AIDS Day from November 28 to December 1st, 2011 for students from 20 schools. USAID has previously worked in Osh Oblast to educate teachers, parents, and students on HIV prevention and the integration of HIV-positive children into schools.
Since 1988, World AIDS Day has been observed on December 1stto raise awareness of the fight against HIV/AIDS and to support people living with HIV/AIDS. Over the past decade, USAID has worked to prevent the spread of HIV in Central Asia and to improve the quality of care received by people living with HIV. The USAID “Quality Health Care” Project is a five-year program to improve the health status of Central Asians by building the capacity of public health systems to better meet the needs of vulnerable groups and to improve public health responses to regional health priorities, especially HIV/AIDS and tuberculosis.