UNHCR Launches HIV/AIDS Awareness Campaign Among High-Risk Groups

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The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees on Tuesday launched a six-month HIV/AIDS awareness campaign among high-risk groups in six districts of Nepal, Xinhua/People's Daily reports (Xinhua/People's Daily, 10/16). The campaign, which received funding from the United Kingdom's Department for International Development, will be channeled through UNAIDS and implemented in the districts by the General Welfare Pratisthan, Knight Chess Club and Maiti Nepal, All Headline News reports (Islam, All Headline News, 10/17).

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Thecampaign will include HIV/AIDS prevention and awareness activities. Itwill be implemented in the Nepalese districts of Ilam and Panchthar inthe east, as well as in the midwestern districts of Dang, Jumla, Bankeand Jajarkot. GWP will implement awareness and prevention programs forcommercial sex workers in the Banke district, and KCC will establishtwo drop-in centers and one voluntary counseling and testing center forinjection drug users in Ilam. Maiti Nepal will run programs in Dang,Jumla, Jajarkot, Ilam and Panchthar (Nepal News, 10/16). UNHCR also is launching a condom promotion program in 15 districts in Nepal, Xinhua/People's Daily reports.

"Thisnew program is a result of a joint U.N. assessment undertaken inNovember 2006 in Banke, Ilam and Kathmandu, and I am confident thattogether with these nongovernmental organizations, we can betterrespond with respect to the protection and prevention of HIV/AIDS,"UNHCR Nepal Representative Abraham Abraham said in a statement (Xinhua/People's Daily, 10/16).

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