FEDERATION OF RED
CROSS AND RED CRESCENT SOCIETIES
DELEGATION IN AZERBAIJAN
1 December 2001: Red Cross Red Crescent Marks
World AIDS Day
Within the Red Cross and Red Crescent efforts to promote awareness of general
public about HIV/AIDS, the IFRC Azerbaijan Delegation and the Azerbaijan Red
Crescent Society have initiated a Pilot HIV/AIDS Peer Education Project. The
Project funded by the Netherlands Government through the Netherlands Red Cross
Society, targets mostly the young generation and aims at raising people's knowledge
about HIV/AIDS through the educated teenagers.
Given a current economic situation, which makes a huge number of unemployed
young people to leave the country seeking a temporary job elsewhere, there are
more possibilities for HIV/AIDS to become a topic of the day in Azerbaijan.
To attract general public's attention to the problem, IFRC and AzRC have conducted
a number of activities linked to the World's AIDS Day on 1 December.
About 400 teenagers (Baku schoolchildren and AzRC volunteers) participated
in an HIV/AIDS Awareness March organized by AzRC. The march participants dressed
in Red Crescent/ NO AIDS T-shirts, passed through the central streets of Baku,
carrying the posters and distributing HIV/AIDS Awareness leaflets. More than
200 teenagers throughout the streets joined the march and expressed their support
to the awareness campaign initiated by Red Cross Red Crescent in Baku. During
the day more than 2,500 leaflets were distributed.
The March was followed by a free pop-music concert for 2,000 teenagers in a
'Republic' Palace. The most popular singers performed at the concert and raised
their voices against AIDS.
In the evening, a Charity Classic Music Concert and a Reception was organized
at the German Church Orchestra Hall. The Concert / Reception was attended by
representatives of Foreign Diplomatic Representations and international organizations,
as well as those from local authorities and large companies.
"IFRC, the world's largest humanitarian network said in its statement
to mark the World AIDS Day, that in Africa alone at least five million grandparents
have gone back to being parents as a result of the HIV/AIDS pandemic which has
seen 12 million children losing one or both parents. The world is very small
and Azerbaijan is not an isolated island. What we want to achieve to-day through
all our HIV/AIDS awareness activities, is to cover as much people in Azerbaijan
as possible and involve them in the worldwide HIV/AIDS awareness campaign,"
Drina Karahasanovic, Acting Head of the IFRC Azerbaijan Delegation said in her
welcome address to the concert participants.
For more information, please contact
Nigar Garibova at the Information Department of the Azerbaijan Delegation
of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies
Tel: (99 4 12) 92 57 92 Fax: (99 4 12) 97 18 89