Oxfam International congratulates the winners of the first Red Ribbon Awards, given to local community organizations for their outstanding contributions to the frontline response to HIV and AIDS.
The award is sponsored by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and the International AIDS Society.
"We are delighted that the local work we believe in and support has received this distinction," said Oxfam Canada Executive Director Robert Fox. "Such local activist groups are the engine of innovation in the battle against the pandemic."
Three of the five grassroots activists honoured at AIDS 2006 for their innovative frontline work are Oxfam partners, including:
- Girl Child Network won for best practice in addressing gender inequalities that fuel the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Girl Child Network is a Zimbabwean NGO which seeks to empower girls to deal with abuse and negative cultural practices related to HIV/AIDS, such as child marriage.
- The All Ukrainian Network of People Living with HIV/AIDS won for their work to combat stigma and discrimination related to HIV/AIDS, which is exactly what they do.
- The Thai Network of People Living with HIV/AIDS won for innovations in providing access to care, treatment and support for people living with HIV/ADS. The network was instrumental in convincing the Thai government to provide ARV treatment.