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Consol Homes is a winner of The Red Ribbon Award 2008!!!

UNAIDS announces winners of the global biennial Red Ribbon Award 2008 celebrating outstanding community leadership and action on AIDS

11 June 2008, New York

Alfred Chapomba receiving the Red Ribbon AwardOn the occasion of the United Nations General Assembly High-Level Meeting on AIDS, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) proudly announced that Consol Homes Orphan Care would be awarded the Red Ribbon Award for 2008.

Selected from more than 550 nominations from 147 countries the prestigious award recognises Consol Homes' outstanding "Community Leadership and Action on AIDS" and celebrates the courage, resilience and strength of communities supporting those living with HIV.

Alfred & Jacinta Chapomba with the Red Ribbon AwardIn announcing the winners Jeffrey O’Malley, Director of UNDP’s HIV/AIDS Practice, said “We have brilliant examples of community action and leadership across the globe. However, most of them are unheard and unsung. The Red Ribbon Award is a way to recognize and honor them". The Awards highlight the fact that often the most effective and innovative responses to the global epidemic are implemented by small, grassroots community-based organizations.

Along with the much deserved recognition the award brings, Consol Homes will also now have the opportunity to co-chair a week-long dialogue space in the Global Village of the XVII International AIDS Conference, in Mexico City 3-8 August 2008.

Consol Homes proudly accepts this award on behalf its staff, supporters and most importantly the communities it works in.


What is the Red Ribbon Award?

Communities lie at the heart of the response to HIV and AIDS - displaying extraordinary courage, resilience and strength in addressing one of the greatest challenges of our time. It is in these communities, across the world, that remarkable leadership is shaping the course of the epidemic. Using creative and sustainable ways to provide care and support to people living with HIV, addressing the loss of human capacity and innovating in the face of stigma, discrimination and poverty, these acts of community leadership are showing us in practical terms how to contain a global epidemic – one community at a time.

The red ribbon is a global symbol in the movement to address AIDS. The "Red Ribbon Award: Celebrating Community Leadership and Action on AIDS" provides a unique opportunity to support and publicize the work of communities who are finding innovative and effective ways to address HIV and AIDS and secure livelihoods around the world. It also serves as an important vehicle for ensuring that voices from communities from low and middle income countries are honored and heard at international and regional fora. Every two years the Red Ribbon Award is presented, integrated and prominently featured at the International AIDS Conference (IAC). It honors and celebrates twenty-five outstanding community organisations, selected through a community-led process, that have demonstrated leadership and action in curtailing the spread and impact of HIV and AIDS in the following five categories:

  • Providing access to care, treatment and support for people living with HIV.
  • Promoting human rights and addressing social injustices including homophobia, sexism and any other example of stigma and discrimination.
  • Empowering women and girls and addressing gender inequalities that fuel the spread of HIV.
  • Providing support to children orphaned by AIDS and other vulnerable children
  • Promoting HIV prevention programmes and services.

The Red Ribbon Award is more than just another award programme. In international and regional conferences around the globe Red Ribbon Award winning communities host and anchor the innovative concept of Community Dialogue Spaces. These spaces offer these organizations an opportunity to showcase their work, celebrate success, share knowledge, and engage in extended "local to local" and "local to global” dialogues with representatives from other communities, NGOs, international organizations, donor governments, policy-makers and academics. Ultimately, Community Dialogue Spaces create an enabling environment for sharing best practices in which all can learn, transfer knowledge, and bridge community innovation with international policy-making on HIV and AIDS.

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