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First Results of the Information Strategy on HIV/AIDS Outlined at the Presentation of Its Manual

The Manual on Information Strategy on HIV/AIDS in Belarus was presented today in the UN/UNDP Office. The publication summarizes the key concepts and messages of the Information Strategy Programme Document and is intended to support outreach work for the prevention of HIV infection.

The Information Strategy on HIV/AIDS in the Republic of Belarus has been developed within the framework of the Government Programme on HIV Prevention for 2011-2015 and the Grant of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria implemented by UNDP in cooperation with the Ministry of Health. The Information Strategy provides guidance for the organizations engaged in dissemination of information and prevention of HIV/AIDS.

The Information Strategy is aimed at creation of the uniform information space intended to help reverse the spread of HIV-infection and mitigate its impacts. The Information Strategy is expected to address the following tasks: adoption of the uniform information and communication standards with regard to the problem of HIV/AIDS, to enhance training of specialists involved in the elaboration and dissemination of HIV/AIDS related information, development of a single information interactive database on HIV/AIDS and etc.

The Expert Council on the Information Strategy on HIV/AIDS is working in Belarus. In 2011 the Council provided advisory support to the process of creation, elaboration and promotion of 40 information materials and two information campaigns. The experts participated in two TV talk-shows “HIV/AIDS Myths and Stigmas” and “People Living with HIV: Truth and Myths” (the programmes are available at www.aids.by, the inter-university video channel “University-TV”).

A special course on HIV prevention has been elaborated for the students of the journalism faculty of the Belarusian State University (BSU) and specialists attending the qualification upgrading courses. 44 journalists representing regional and Minsk-city media and 53 students of the BSU Institute of Journalism were offered training at four topical workshops. There have been much less misleading and stigmatized publications in the Internet during the implementation of the Information Strategy.

In 2010 the Information Strategy initiative will organize a contest of information materials and seven regional trainings on the elaboration, creation and promotion of information materials on HIV prevention.

For further information, please contact Press Service of the Global Fund Grants Management Unit in Belarus, tel.: +375 17 200-06-46.

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