International Candlelight Memorial Campaign
Turning remembrance into action
provided by World Vision Azerbaijan
On May,15, 2005, on Baku National Park
The International AIDS Candlelight Memorial Campaign, a program of the Global
Health Council, is a project that encourages communities and individuals around
the world to become more involved with HIV/AIDS work through participation in
a worldwide memorial. The Memorial takes place every year on the third Sunday
A sub-regional capacity building project on HIV/AIDS rolls-out in World Vision
Azerbaijan since last year. In frames of this project we celebrated the International
Candlelight Memorial Campaign - the vent that promotes discussion, education,
awareness and action. The event took place on Baku Boulevard on 15th of May,
The purpose of event was to be a catalyst for communities around the
world to begin talking about HIV/AIDS in their community.
The main goal of project was to remind to the country's population the
situation on AIDS, remember who have been killed by AIDS, following stigma and
discrimination and support those who have been infected and suffered from HIV/AIDS.
The International AIDS Candlelight Memorial had four main objectives:
· To honor the memory of those lost to AIDS
· To show support for those living with HIV and AIDS
· To raise community awareness and decrease stigma related to HIV/AIDS
· To mobilize community involvement in the fight against HIV/AIDS
event outcome the population of Baku and ones, who watched event by TV, are
being informed and aware on HIV/AIDS impact on country, decrease stigma related
on HIV/AIDS. Event creates a sense of global solidarity, and generates country/worldwide
media attention. Publicity highlighted the importance of stronger integration
of youth in HIV/AIDS prevention programs and to stress the idea of targeting
the youth as partners rather than as mere recipients.
The event began on 15th of May, 2005 at 6 pm. Despite bad weather about 300
listeners were gathered on the square, opposite the Hand Games palace on Baku
Boulevard. Participants were:
· International and local NGO's who had programs/projects on HIV/AIDS.
· The representatives of association of People Living with HIV/AIDS
· Representatives from government structure as schools, high schools,
national AIDS center.
· Government representatives
· Private sector
· Quests from US Embassy
event began with introduction speech and Melekler children's chorus,
and was following by performance of local jazz and pop musicians. Musical performances
alternated by speeches of guests. Everyone performed on T-shirts, stamped with
logo of WV on the sleeve and AIDS International Candlelight Memorial
on the front. The event was following by flying the doves and disseminating
of HIV/AIDS awareness brochures.
GIK - distribution following performances and provided by WV-Azerbaijan:
· T-shirts for Melekler - children chorus, pop-musicians, organization's
representatives, with stamped logos on them - 53 items;
· School-sets for Melekler - children chorus - 43 items.
List of speakers and musicians showed in AGENDA.
Due to the bad weather lighting of candles provided on closed place. WV-Azerbaijan
staff did it before performances on 5 pm at the World Vision Office.
HIV/AIDS Project Coordinator World Vision Azerbaijan