The winners of the Red Ribbon Award 2012 have accomplished so much with so little. They work at the grassroots level in very challenging situations to ensure that vulnerable groups and people living with HIV get the information, services and opportunities they need.” UNAIDS Executive Director Michel SidibéIranian Non-Governmental Organization (NGO) Afraye Sabz Association has won the 2012 Red Ribbon Award for taking exceptional and inspiring action to reduce the spread and impact of AIDS. Presented by the United Nations, the Iranian NGO along with nine other community-based organizations from across the world received the award in a special session of XIX International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2012) held in the US capital city of Washington on Wednesday. Red Ribbon Award is the world’s leading award for innovative and outstanding community work in response to the AIDS epidemic.
Selected by a technical review committee of civil society representatives, the Iranian organization is set to receive a USD 10,000 grant and international recognition.Over 1400 nominations from more than 120 countries were received by the Red Ribbon Award secretariat, which is hosted by the Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) in partnership with several other organizations. “The winners of the Red Ribbon Award 2012 have accomplished so much with so little. They work at the grassroots level in very challenging situations to ensure that vulnerable groups and people living with HIV get the information, services and opportunities they need,” said UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibe. Afraye Sabz Association is based in the western Iranian province of Kermanshah and promotes HIV awareness by providing educational and other complementary services. The organization has been cooperating with UNAIDS since a couple of years ago. It has succeeded in scaling up HIV prevention, care and support program. The Red Ribbon Award was first presented in 2006 and since then has been handed out every two years at the International AIDS Conference. MR/GHN