Press Release

Tajikistan joins the global campaign to honor those who lost theirs lives to AIDS

21 May 2024

UN agencies in Tajikistan, state entities, donor community and civil society supported the event dedicated to the Candlelight Memorial Day that is marked globally third Sunday of May every year to remember the many lives lost to AIDS. 

Caption: Opening ceremony of the Candlelight Memorial event 2024 in Tajikistan
Photo: © UNAIDS Tajikistan 2024

Participants paid tribute to those who lost their lives to AIDS, discussed the situation with AIDS in the country and in the world and mentioned the importance of giving hope to those living with HIV. 

During the event, representatives of the Ministry of Health and Social Protection of Tajikistan, United Nations, USAID and public organization Spin Plus provided opening remarks followed by the stories of people who live with HIV. The agenda also included the presentation about innovative HIV testing solutions, a sketch on stigma and discrimination prevention, HIV/AIDS quiz and a poem by young poet dedicated to those who lost lives of HIV/AIDS.

Photo: © UNAIDS Tajikistan 2024

The event also highlighted Undetectable=Untransmittable (U=U) campaign, a health and human rights movement aimed at providing accurate and up-to-date information about HIV, particularly regarding the powerful results of anti-retroviral therapy drugs use when living with HIV and of pre-exposure prophylaxis, or PrEP, for HIV prevention.

Photo: © UNAIDS Tajikistan 2024

UN Resident Coordinator a.i. Mr. Lenni Montiel highlighted the importance of supporting people living with HIV and added: “Despite significant progress in medicine and healthcare that help those living with HIV, challenges such as gender inequalities, stigma and discrimination continue to hinder the fight against AIDS. Hence, Candlelight memorial is not only about cherishing the memories of those who lost their lives due to AIDS, but also about recommitting further support of HIV/AIDS related programmes to save lives”.

Photo: © UNAIDS Tajikistan 2024

The event facilitated enhanced awareness, supported raising social consciousness about HIV/AIDS, and offered a platform for solidarity, breaking down barriers of stigma and discrimination with increased individual and coordinated actions against the epidemic.

The advocacy event was organized by UNAIDS Tajikistan in partnership with USG-funded HIV/AIDS programs and projects, the National Network of Women living with HIV, public organization SpinPlus, with support from UN Resident Coordinator’s Office, UN Women, Y-PEER Tajikistan Network, and private sector entities. The event was led in coordination with UN Tajikistan HIV/AIDS Theme Group.

Parviz Boboev, UN RCO

Boboev Parviz

Coordination and Development Analyst Programme Communications and Advocacy

UN entities involved in this initiative

United Nations Resident Coordinator Office
UN Women
United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women
Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS
United Nations Development Programme

Other entities involved in this initiative

United States Agency for International Development

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