University Awareness Campaigns

University Awareness Campaigns

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One of the main annual activities of WAC, which is a successful model of awareness, is the University Campaigns, so as part of WAC 2016 it was run, during December 2016 and January 2017.

The total number of universities engaged was 47 medical and pharmaceutical universities in 16 different governorates all over Egypt, to raise awareness among youth about HIV prevention and to fight stigma and discrimination related to HIV and AIDS.

These campaigns were held in collaboration with the student-run organizations; International Federation of Medical Students’ Association (IFMSA Egypt), and the Egyptian Pharmaceutical Students’ Association (EPSF).

The two organizations were given a total of 32,600 publication materials, this included flyers, brochures, posters, t-shirts and red ribbons. They successfully outreached more than 27,000 people of 3 different categories, university students, healthcare workers and people in less privileged areas like villages, where they mobilized 1155 volunteers to disseminate HIV awareness messages and health-related messages.

The WAC 2016 university campaign was an opportunity for students to learn more about HIV and AIDS and the specific context in Egypt with a main focus on stigma and discrimination. This year’s campaign aimed to mobilize young people to engage more, rather than being at the receptive end of simple advocacy or awareness messages. Hence, social media campaigns that engaged around 7 different association, including IFMSA and EPSF was run to engage facebook and twitter users and encourage them to contribute to the cause.

Cycle against Stigma

Cycle against Stigma

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On 23rd of December, over 200 attendees of youth from various backgrounds and around 4 different youth-led organizations gathered to enjoy a three-hour free cycling ride along with HIV/AIDS awareness, in celebration of World AIDS Day (1st of December) and as part of the national campaign launched every year.

The event was held by the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS in Egypt and the national AIDS program under the auspices of the Ministry of Health and Population, in cooperation with Cyclers Egypt and Town Runners.

The theme of the event was (Cycle Against Stigma), and it aimed at engaging young people and youth-led civil society organizations and raising their awareness focusing on fighting stigma and discrimination related to HIV and AIDS in Egypt and spreading knowledge about HIV transmission and prevention methods.

Bibliotheca Alxandrena

Bibliotheca Alxandrena

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1 December 2016, Alexandria

Under the auspices of H.E. Prof. Dr. Ahmed Emad El din, Minister of Health and Population; senior UN officials alongside key government officials have gathered under the ceiling of Bibliotheca Alexandrena, to launch Egypt’s national AIDS advocacy campaign. The gathering included key civil society actors, representatives of youth-led organizations and academia. Through this high-level event, representatives called for a renewed commitment to scale up HIV prevention efforts, and address the key challenge for the response “Stigma in healthcare settings”

The Event was chaired by: UN Resident Coordinator a.i. Mr. Al-Moustafa Benlamlih, Dr. Jean Jabbour, World Health Organization Representative, Dr. Mohamed Genedy Head of the infection control department at the Ministry of Health, Dr. Magdy Hegazy, Undersecretary for Health in Alexandria, Dr. Magdy El Sanady, UNICEF chief of protection sector and Dr. Ahmed Khamis, UNAIDS Country Manager. 

Quotes:

Mr. Al Mustafa Benlamlih, UN resident Coordinator “Egypt can end AIDS before 2030, if we put our hands together, towards a dignified life for those living with HIV and spreading awareness towards an HIV free generation”

Dr. Jean Jabbour, WHO representative “People living with HIV have the right to enjoy healthy dignified lives, and have free access to healthcare services. Stigma in healthcare settings is a violation of their rights”.

Dr. Mohamed Genedy; Head of Infectious diseases department, Ministry of Health and Population “Egypt through its national AIDS control program and efforts of different partners, can achieve global targets of ending AIDS by 2030, even before that time”

Dr. Magdy Hegazy” Alexandria has always been a key positive example in the response to HIV, civil society and different actors are exceptionally dedicated and believe we can make a difference. This conference highlights Alexandria’s role, and we look forward to seeing its outcomes locally and nationally”

Dr. Ahmed Khamis, UNAIDS Country Manager “ Egypt’s new national strategy paves the way towards achieving 2020 and 2030 targets. It is time we give the response to HIV another push, to build on the momentum, not to lose our successes. “