United Nations in Turkmenistan hold ‘Get Tested’ dialog and discussion on World Aids Day

1 December 2017. Ashgabat, Turkmenistan. As part of the UNAIDS campaign to end HIV/AIDS as a public health threat by 2030, the UN Health group in Ashgabat has held an event on World Aids Day to raise awareness of the impact HIV/AIDS is having worldwide. This important event also commemorated the many millions of people who have died from the illness.

Raising awareness of the dangers of the virus and learning about how to combat it were discussed at length during the UN event. Representatives from the French, British and USA embassies tackled many issues including sharing their own country's experience in supporting the “Get tested” initiative, innovative ways to tackle HIV, the role civil society plays in de-stigmatising HIV/AIDS and the need for society to embrace regular HIV testing.


The WHO Country Office also honoured Worlds Aids Day by setting up a mobile HIV testing lab. UN Staff and participants wore red ribbon and were able to get a free and confidential HIV test with results available within 24 hours.  This event was a tremendous opportunity to show support and solidarity with the millions of people living with HIV/AIDS around the world.

In the opening speech, Ms.Shaheen Nilofer, Resident Coordinator a.i., UNICEF Representative has noted: “World AIDS Day is an important reminder to the public and Government that HIV has not gone away – there is still a vital need to raise money, increase awareness, fight prejudice and improve education”.

The HIV epidemic continues to rise at an alarming pace in the European Region, mostly in its eastern part, which is home to almost 80% of the 160 000 new HIV diagnoses. This is the highest number of new cases ever recorded in one year. If this trend persists, we will not be able to achieve the Sustainable Development Goal target of ending the HIV epidemic by 2030. 1 in 2 people living with HIV in Europe is diagnosed late. Testing people late, particularly those at higher risk of infection, results in late treatment and further contributes to the ongoing spread of HIV. The later people are diagnosed, the more likely they are to develop AIDS, thus leading to more suffering and death.

World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day implemented by the United Nations, with the annual event first being held in 1988. Ending the AIDS epidemic is one of the key health targets of the Sustainable Development Goals and will inspire broader global health and development aims. There were approximately 36.7 million people worldwide living with HIV/AIDS at the end of 2016 while 1 million people died from AIDS-related illnesses during 2016. 

For more information, please contact:

Mr. Chary Nurmuhammedov

UN Coordination Analyst

email: chary.nurmuhammedov@one.un.org


Other News

  • Let’s talk SDGs with academia and students

    Let’s talk SDGs with academia and students

    16-18 October 2018, Ashgabat, Turkmenistan. United Nations in Turkmenistan and SDG Center held 3-days workshop on Sustainable Development Goals for academia and students at the Institute of the International Relations of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan.

  • University students debate universal healthcare at the United Nations Day Student Debate Tournament

    University students debate universal healthcare at the United Nations Day Student Debate Tournament

    9 October 2018, Ashgabat, Turkmenistan. Universal healthcare, youth health habits, model state health policy and healthcare taxation were all topics debated by students from six university at the United Nations Day Student Debate Tournament hosted at the International University for Humanities and Development. The Tournament was organized by UNFPA, United Nations Population Fund jointly with all United Nations agencies on the occasion of the upcoming United Nations Day.

  • Impact investment workshop attracts more bank and private sector

    Impact investment workshop attracts more bank and private sector

    10-12 October 2018, Ashgabat, Turkmenistan: The State Bank for Foreign Economic Relations of Turkmenistan, UK Embassy and United Nations are hosting a workshop on Impact Investment financing for Sustainable Development Goals. The workshop has attracted about fifty representatives of bank system and private sector in Yyldyz hotel.

  • UN participates at granting citizenship to stateless in Turkmenistan

    UN participates at granting citizenship to stateless in Turkmenistan

    October 1, 2018, Ashgabat, Turkmenistan. The ceremony of handing Turkmen passports over to the stateless persons in Turkmenistan was held at the State Migration Service of Turkmenistan. The ceremony followed the Decree of the President of Turkmenistan signed on 24 (or 25?) September by which the citizenship of Turkmenistan was grated to 735 people.