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  UN Volunteers working to build HIV/AIDS capacity    
World AIDS Day is marked on 1 December each year and is an opportunity to unite people worldwide in the fight against HIV/AIDS, showing support for people living with HIV/AIDS, and commemorating those who have died.  UNAIDS, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS, is an innovative partnership that leads and inspires the world in achieving universal access to HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment, care and support.

Voluntary action is an integral part of the fight against HIV/AIDS.  The United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme applies people-centred approaches in its collaboration with UNAIDS, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), local and international non-governmental organizations, community-based organizations, volunteer involving organizations, networks of people living with HIV/AIDS and national HIV/AIDS programmes in affected countries.

UNV recognizes the efforts of our partners as we continue our celebration of the tenth anniversary of the International Year of Volunteers (IYV+10) and gear up for International Volunteer Day (IVD) on 5 December 2011 -- when a resolution on volunteerism will be proposed in the UN General Assembly, and the first ever State of the World’s Volunteerism Report will be launched around the world.

On this World AIDS Day, please meet some of the UN Volunteers providing their expertise and support to build capacity in HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment and care: 
Adriana Serdan, UNV Programme Officer in Colombia, signed a commemoration banner with the motto "Renew your commitment on HIV/AIDS".  (UNV)
Renewed commitment against HIV/AIDS
01 December 2011
Bogota, Colombia: More than 40 volunteers from various NGOs and ten UN Volunteers supported a commemoration event on World AIDS Day. The successful event, which gathered hundreds of people despite the rain, was a joint effort between a number of UN agencies and civil society organizations. Read
Every day, national UN Volunteer Nguyen Thi Dieu Hang (left), with UNV’s Greater Involvement of People Living with HIV/AIDS (GIPA) project, shares technical advice, such as how to access health care services, as well as her own experience living with HIV/AIDS with others facing the same situation, such as the woman shown here in Hanoi, Viet Nam. (UNV)
Promoting greater involvement of people living with HIV/AIDS
01 December 2011
Hanoi, Viet Nam: "Being a UN Volunteer changed my life," says Nguyen Thi Dieu Hang, a national UN community Volunteer in Viet Nam working with the UNV project "Promoting Greater Involvement of People Living with HIV (GIPA)."  When Hang was expecting her first child, she found that both she and her child had been infected with HIV by her husband. Read
Edwin Yesid Barón (centro), Voluntario de las Naciones Unidas nacional coordinador del décimo aniversario del Año Internacional de los Voluntarios (AIV+10) en Colombia, durante la campaña de sensibilización sobre la prevención del VIH/SIDA. (Programa VNU)
Hip Hop against HIV/AIDS
01 December 2011
Bogota, Colombia: Music, art, graffiti and other artistic expressions were at the centre of a Hip Hop festival organized to raise awareness amongst youth about HIV/AIDS prevention and encourage them to fight against stigma and discrimination. (Full article in Spanish) Read
Atelier de formation des jeunes éducateurs et animateurs pairs en matière de santé sexuelle et reproductive, de violences fondées sur le genre et sur la gestion des risques liés aux VIH/SIDA. (Programme VNU)
A human experience against HIV/AIDS
01 December 2011
Rabat, Morocco: Adélise Gobillot from Belgium is a UN Volunteer intern who provides support to the UNAIDS office in Rabat, Morocco. She actively participates in the work carried out by UNAIDS together with communities, government and other UN agencies to reduce the number of new HIV infections, advance human rights in the response to HIV/AIDS, and address the vulnerability of women, girls and sexual minorities in Morocco. (Full story in French) Read
UNAIDS Volunteer Network volunteers provide information at a national university Volunteer Fair. (UNV)
Seeking social change
01 December 2011
Tegucigalpa, Honduras: In Honduras, the UNAIDS Volunteer Network was founded through the initiative of international UN Volunteer Michela Polesana, serving in the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS). The network promotes social activities aiming to raise awareness of HIV/AIDS and human rights. Read
UN Volunteer Dr. Mubiala Ekwala Nicodeme (DRC), HIV Programme Supervisor for Malawi’s Northern Zone, uses a police boat to reach Likoma Island on Lake Malawi, thus ensuring this remote area is included in national efforts to improve and strengthen the health system and HIV prevention, treatment and care.  (UNV, 2011)
UNV Doctors play key role in fight against HIV/AIDS
01 December 2011
Malawi: Today, 35 of the 55 UNV Doctors currently in Malawi make up the driving force behind the Malawi Government’s projects to strengthen the health system and continue and improve HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment and care in the country. Read
UN Volunteer Henry Armas (centre) with UNICEF colleagues during a workshop on HIV/AIDS in the Caribbean and Young Key Affected Populations that took place in Jamaica in September 2011. (UNV)
Henry Armas, UN Volunteer with UNICEF in Peru
20 November 2011
Lima, Peru: "I feel fortunate to be part of the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme, as I have had the opportunity to learn a great deal during my tenure, as well as to give something in return towards improving programmes and policies for people in my region," says Henry Armas, UNV HIV/AIDS Programme Officer with UNICEF's Latin America and Caribbean Regional Office. Henry is the focal point for knowledge management initiatives on HIV/AIDS. Read
More about: Children  HIV/AIDS
Countries:  Peru
Other languages: en español  
UN Volunteer Annalisa Staffa (right) works alongside health care practitioners to implement the medical protocol required to eliminate the transmission of HIV. (UNV)
Annalisa Staffa, UN Volunteer with UNICEF in the Dominican Republic
20 November 2011
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic: "As a volunteer, I have learned a new perspective on how to approach and tackle problems, and so far the experience could not have been more enriching," says Annalisa Staffa, UNV HIV Official Assistant. Annalisa spends most of her time in maternity hospitals making sure new-born babies come to life free of HIV and syphilis. Read
More about: Children  HIV/AIDS
Countries:  Dominican Republic
Other languages: en español  
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