ABU Launches Prize for HIV/AIDS Programming

The inaugural ABU Prize for HIV/AIDS Programs recognizes the efforts of broadcasters in creating programs of a high-standard that educate the public about HIV/AIDS, while at the same time help reduce the stigma facing those already living with the disease.
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The Asia-Pacific Broadcasting Union (ABU) recently called for entries for its new award to honor outstanding reporting by ABU members about HIV/AIDS in the Asia-Pacific region.

"The inaugural ABU Prize for HIV/AIDS Programs recognizes the efforts of broadcasters in creating programs of a high-standard that educate the public about HIV/AIDS, while at the same time help reduce the stigma facing those already living with the disease," stated Francyne Harrigan, development projects manager at the ABU.

"The competition is an integral part of ABU's commitment of galvanizing media's power in Asia-Pacific to help reduce the AIDS epidemic. Through this initiative, we hope to increase the number of media companies actively developing or airing HIV/AIDS-related programming," Harrigan stated.

The new award is sponsored by the Global Media AIDS Initiative (GMAI), which works to increase and sustain media coverage of the HIV/AIDS epidemic, to improve HIV/AIDS reporting and to increase access by journalists to information about HIV/AIDS.

The deadline for entries is 15 September and rules and further information are available on the ABU Web site.

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