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Scribes in line to win HIV/AIDS awards

18 October 2013, 12:34

Nairobi - The National AIDS Control Council (NACC) will, in collaboration with partners, next month reward journalists who displayed exceptional skills in reporting HIV and AIDS in the country.

The journalists will be honoured on November 27 under the auspices of the 2013, Mary Apondi, NACC Communications Officer, confirmed.

The event will be held in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme and other stakeholders as a build up to this year’s World AIDS Day, which will be commemorated globally n December 1 under the theme, “Getting to Zero,” in line with efforts to eliminate new infections.

In that regard, NACC and stakeholders will on Friday launch this year’s edition of the HIV and AIDS Red Ribbon Media Awards for Excellence in Journalism in Nairobi.

“We will give more information about the awards entry rules and regulations, requirements and eligibility,” Apondi said ahead of the launch scheduled for the NACC Head Office.

She thanked media for its continued support in the fight against HIV and AIDS in the country.

Kenya has a severe, generalized HIV epidemic but in recent years, the country has experienced a notable decline in the virus’ prevalence, attributed in part to significant behavioural change and increased access to anti-retroviral (ARV) treatment.

A survey released last month established that 5,6 percent of adults in the country, an estimate 1,2 million people are living with the scourge, compared to 2007 when the prevalence was 7,2 percent.

– CAJ News


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