12 March 2019

The Minsk European Games Organising Committee (MEGOC) is pleased to announce the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding with the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS).

MEGOC CEO George Katulin and UNAIDS Country Manager for Belarus Vera Ilyenkova signed a MoU at BelTA’s press center on 12 March.

The MoU is aimed at strengthening cooperation in promoting safe and healthy lifestyles, eliminating all forms of discrimination and preventing HIV/AIDS, through educational and humanitarian activities at the 2nd European Games.

Special campaigns to support people affected by HIV will be carried out in Minsk, as well as HIV express testing and self-testing in dedicated sites of the fan zones. In addition, contraceptives and informative materials will be distributed free of charge at the Games .

“I am confident that our partnership will contribute to the global effort to stop the AIDS epidemic by 2030,” Ilyenkova said. “Sports competitions are an excellent chance to raise awareness on the topic and implement preventive measures.”

A similar agreement was also signed with UNICEF last November.

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The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS) is the main advocate for accelerated, comprehensive and coordinated global action on the HIV/AIDS pandemic.

The mission of UNAIDS is to lead, strengthen and support an expanded response to HIV and AIDS that includes preventing transmission of HIV, providing care and support to those already living with the virus, reducing the vulnerability of individuals and communities to HIV and alleviating the impact of the epidemic. UNAIDS seeks to prevent the HIV/AIDS epidemic from becoming a severe pandemic.

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