Jul 22, 2014, 1:30 PM
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Iran NGO wins Red Ribbon Award for outstanding efforts on AIDS

Tehran, July 22, IRNA — Ten exceptional community-based organizations, including one from the Islamic Republic of Iran under category two, have won the 2014 Red Ribbon Award for their inspiring work in reducing the impact of the AIDS epidemic.

They were recently presented with the prestigious prize in a special session at the 20th International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2014) in Melbourne, Australia. The Red Ribbon Award is the world’s leading award for innovative and outstanding community work in response to the AIDS epidemic.

Community-based organizations have shown the world how to mobilize for change in the AIDS response and the Red Ribbon Award recognizes their transformative achievements, a press release issued by the UN Information Center said Tuesday.

“In villages and townships across the globe, communities have taken matters into their own hands and come up with innovative solutions to what often appear as insurmountable problems in the AIDS response,” said UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé.” I congratulate the winners of the Red Ribbon Award 2014 for their courage, determination and dedication. Their leadership and cutting-edge thinking have brought us to where we are today.”

The 2014 winning organizations are from the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Guyana, Indonesia, Iran, Kenya, Lebanon, Malawi, Nepal, Ukraine and Venezuela.

Almost 1000 nominations from more than 120 countries were received by the Red Ribbon Award secretariat, which is hosted by UNAIDS in partnership with other United Nations organizations, AIDS 2014, the Global Network of People Living with HIV, the International Community of Women Living with HIV/AIDS, the International Council of AIDS Service Organizations and Irish Aid. A global panel of civil society representatives selected the finalists from a shortlist determined by regional panels. Each of the winning organizations will receive a US$ 10,000 grant and have been invited to participate in AIDS 2014.

Ehyaye Hayyate Sarmad is best known for its Red Ribbon Prison, which has provided treatment for drug users and organized workshops on sexual and reproductive health. Ehyaye Hayyate Sarmad is one of the first organizations in the Islamic Republic of Iran to work in the field of harm reduction and HIV in the prison system.

The Red Ribbon Award was first presented in 2006 and since then has been handed out every two years at the International AIDS Conference. This year there were five award categories:

Category one: Prevention of sexual transmission

Category two: Prevention among/by people who use drugs

Category three: Treatment, care and support

Category four: Advocacy and human rights

Category five: Stopping new HIV infections among children and keeping mothers alive, women’s health