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Belarusian Road Police Join UNDP in Fighting AIDS

8 January, 2008 - The State Road Police in partnership with the UNDP project “Prevention and Treatment of HIV/AIDS in the Republic of Belarus” are performing a joint action in Belarus under the global campaign “Stop AIDS. Keep the Promise”.

Road traffic inspectors with the assistance of the centers of hygiene, epidemiology and public health are distributing easily fixed light reflecting bracelets (flickers) carrying preventing inscriptions “AIDS and Myself are on Different Tracks!” and “My Veins are not for Drugs!” The bracelets perform two functions: they secure pedestrians on the road and popularize a safe lifestyle as a way to protect oneself from AIDS.

The bracelets will be distributed on roads and in educational institutions during preventive lectures attended by the State Road Police inspectors. The red color of the bracelets reminds the red ribbon – the symbol of fight against AIDS.

10,000 bracelets are to be distributed in Belarus. Particular attention will be paid to cities facing a problematic epidemiological situation with HIV/AIDS. This is a unique initiative for the country aimed at promoting the ideas of a healthy and responsible lifestyle, rejection of drugs, carrying about oneself and family.

For reference: Belarus as an active participant of the global campaign “Stop AIDS. Keep the Promise” carries out various educational activities. In December 2007, the Ministry of the Interior of Belarus in partnership with the UNDP project “Prevention and Treatment of HIV/AIDS” implemented in partnership with the Ministry of Health of the country and funded by GFATM made a joint statement, which pointed out the need in a healthy life style as an effective way to protect oneself from HIV.

For further information please refer to Public Information Assistant of the HIV/AIDS Prevention and Treatment project, Maria Malinovskaya, at +375 17 270 73 51, or Vladislav Khilkevich, UNDP Communications Associate at +375 17 227 38 17, e-mail: .

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