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UNESCO and partners launch infographic drawing attention to barriers to HIV testing among young people in Asia and the Pacific

The sooner that a young person is tested for HIV, the sooner they can access life-saving treatments, and testing is also a key entry point to prevention. In many countries in the Asia-Pacific region, a young person under 18 to consent to an HIV test unless they have consent from a parent or guardian. But for many young people involving their parents in the decision to have an HIV test could be disastrous. Many young people will be reluctant to tell their parents that they’ve been having sex or that they’ve been using drugs. They fear their parents’ judgment and rejection, they may also fear violence or being kicked out of home, particularly for behaviours that are often stigmatized like drug use and same-sex relations.

Technical consultation on healthy lifestyle education in Eastern Europe and Central Asia

On 16-18 February, 2015 UNESCO Moscow Office in collaboration with UNFPA Regional Office for Eastern Europe and Central Asia, WHO Regional Office for Europe, the German Federal Center for Health Education (BZgA) and International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) European Network organized a technical consultation for 18 European and Central Asian countries to review the progress made in providing adolescents and youth with access to health education, including comprehensive education on sexual and reproductive health, and identify opportunities to improve the quality and effectiveness of such education at national scale.

UNESCO's HIV and Health Education e-Newsletter, Issue 21

Inside this issue:

  • International Women’s Day 2015 – Director-General’s Message
  • Rallying to End Gender-based Violence in Schools
  • Exploring health literacy in Latin America
  • “No youth left behind” in the Asia and the Pacific region
  • UNESCO’s Response
  • ...

Social campaign #iminred. Pass the baton, tell your friends about HIV and support people who live with HIV

On the 14 of February, St. Valentine’s Day, UNESCO Moscow Office summed up the social campaign #iminred aimed at raising awareness about HIV and promoting solidarity with people living with HIV.

UNESCO battles bullies and bias in schools as partner in LGBT rights initiative

UNESCO Bangkok will oversee the educational component of the second phase of a regional United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)-led initiative to uphold the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people.

Last week, the UNDP, the Embassies of Sweden and the...

Regional expert meeting on prevention of gender-based violence in schools

On 10-11 February, 2015 UNESCO Moscow Office in collaboration with UNICEF Belarus held the Regional expert meeting on prevention of school-related gender-based violence. Representatives of ministries of education from 7 Eastern European and Central Asian countries, leading experts in the field of education, representatives of NGOs and international organizations took part at the meeting to share country-specific experiences and discuss the Regional guide on school-based violence prevention and response developed by UNESCO.

UNESCO, Myanmar Medical Association and Myanmar universities partner to strengthen sexuality education

Young people comprise nearly a third of Myanmar’s population, and while overall health and education indicators have been improving rapidly for this group in recent years, sexual and reproductive health (SRH) is too often overlooked as a critical aspect of their well-being.

UNESCO has...

UN Cares Cambodia and Indonesia Teams Recognized

The UN Cares Teams in Cambodia and Indonesia were recently recognized for their hard work in addressing HIV-related stigma and discrimination as recipients of 2014 UN Cares Awards. Last December, the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon acknowledged the commitment of all UN Cares teams worldwide and congratulated the five winning teams including those in Cambodia and Indonesia.

Training aims to build young leaders in Myanmar’s HIV response

An effective national HIV response requires listening to and learning from those most affected – and, most importantly, ensuring their passion and perspectives are heard by empowering them to be community leaders.

This has been UNESCO’s approach in Myanmar since 2012 when the...

UNESCO and Myanmar Health Ministry meeting likely pave the way for further cooperation

UNESCO Bangkok and Myanmar’s Ministry of Health have opened the door to further collaboration on the HIV and AIDS response in the country following recent meetings in Nay Pyi Taw.

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