Ten community-based organizations from different parts of the world, including Africa, have won the “2016 Red Ribbon Award” for their inspiring work towards ending or reducing the impact of the AIDS epidemic.
A UNAIDS statement said the NGOs were presented with the prize last week at the end the 21st International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2016), which was held in Durban, South Africa.
It said the 2016 winning organizations are from Burundi, Mexico, Belize, Kenya, Nigeria, Iran, Nepal, Chile, and New Zealand.
It disclosed that almost 1,000 nominations were received from more than 120 countries for the award, which is hosted by UNAIDS in partnership with “AIDS 2016”, “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”.
The statement noted that a global panel of civil society representatives selected the finalists from a shortlist determined by regional panels.
Each of the winning organizations received a US$10,000 grant.
UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibe, said: “Community-based organizations are taking the lead in shaping the course of the AIDS response. The recipients of the 2016 Red Ribbon Award are examples to us all of what it truly means to fast track the AIDS response, and to do so in a way which is inclusive, and that advances human rights and gender equality.”
The Red Ribbon Award was first presented in 2006.