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BISHKEK July 5 (TCA) – The training ‘The role of mass media in HIV/AIDS prevention’, organized by the Grant Management Group of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria in Kyrgyzstan, was held from June 28th to 30th in the village of Sary-Oi, in the Issyk-Kul region of Kyrgyzstan. The training was supported by representatives of the Association of People Living with AIDS and the Country Network of People Living with AIDS.

According to Aida Mambetkulova, a coordinator, the training was attended by journalists from 14 local media agencies, highlighting health issues and, in particular, drug use. All of them received practical advice on how to properly prepare materials on HIV-infected, what they should highlight concerning HIV/AIDS. They were also familiarized with the code of professional journalists, developed by the PressWise.

The purpose of the training, according to Valentina Kirichenko, the national consultant on HIV/AIDS, was to provide participants with accurate information about the government policy on that issue, the situation in the world and in Kyrgyzstan, about the ways of disease transmission, examination, prevention, etc. Thus, the training helped shape the principles of reporting this specific material and create the humane treatment to people living with HIV in society.

This training was the beginning of a fruitful and close cooperation between the mass media and all key partners within the framework of grants of the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

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