AIDS Awareness Day. After the event

Today it is exactly one week after the AIDS Awareness Event, which our centre organized. And it is probably my deadline to write this post and to share the information about it 🙂

But firstly, let me tell more about how it was. The AIDS Awareness Day took place in Divadlo z Pasáže. It was really great that they let us hold the event in their building, so I would like to thank them again about that. In addition to this, they kindly offered hot tea to the participants 🙂

In order to make the program richer and more beneficial for participants, we also invited two very important persons. The first person is a doctor, MUDr. Mária Vachalíková, an infectologist with many years of experience working with HIV-positive patients. She shared really interesting facts about HIV and AIDS and also about the life of people living with AIDS. In the end of the event, she actively took part in the discussion, which in my opinion was very interesting and beneficial. The other person who gave a big contribution to this event is the interpreter, Mr. Kubinec from Prekladateľskej a tlmočníckej spoločnosti FHV UMB. He had the really hard task to translate everything – all the information from the presentation, the videos and also all the discussion inputs, from Slovak into English and vice versa. That is how the event was completely comprehensible to all participants, even if they did not speak Slovak or English.

Of course, last but not at least, I really would like to thank the people who came to the event, even if the weather was not that great and even if the topic was maybe not the most interesting one for the young people in the city. Each of you gave a really great contribution to the success of the whole event.

The program we prepared had two main aims – first, to give information and second, to put an accent on the most emotional aspects of the topic, because it is a problem which is not just in the statistics on the web-site of WHO or the local Ministry of Health, it is something that could happen to anybody. For that reason, we also put emphasis on the stories of several people living with AIDS. (All the materials used for the program are available at the end of this post).

And speaking about emotions, maybe I should also share my personal ones concerning this event. Actually, if I have to be honest, I really have very mixed feelings about that. Firstly, I felt very responsible about this event, because of the information I had to gather and to present to the audience. I have participated in many AIDS Awareness events back home, but for most of them I was just helping, so I was not the one in charge about the content of the information presented. But for this event I had this responsibility, which at the beginning made me a little bit nervous, but the more I was researching in the info-courses, the more I was inspired and curious. (I had an idea, how big the problem is, but then I actually realized that all I knew was just a very little part of the tip of the iceberg) So the preparation of this event really gave me a lot.

On the exact day of the event, I was so happy of all the things that Andy, our coordinator, had managed to organize, that I was definitely sure that it would be a very successful activity… And then came the big disappointment of the number of people who appeared… I was really surprised, because when I was talking about the approaching event, there were so many people, who showed their interest, so I was pretty convinced that we would have a big audience. But then we had the big snow, which probably made most of them stay at home or maybe the people realized that their knowledge about the topic was rich enough not to participate in such kind of meeting. AIDS HIVI don’t know. And it probably doesn’t matter anymore. Because during the event I saw real interest in the ones, who came and the discussion we had in the end was really amazing – it lasted one hour and 10 minutes more than planned. For me it was really great. So, if at the beginning of the event I was about to fall into tears because I was hugely disappointed, in the end of the event I really felt very happy about the success of the activity. So, in the end, I revised another important lesson – most of the times things are not the way they look.

Thank you for reading this long post. If you are interested in the content of the activity, in the links below you can find some available materials we prepared for the AIDS Awareness day.


4 December 2012: AIDS awareness event


AIDS awareness event organized by EVS volunteersFlyer Aids Hiv 04/12

When: Tuesday, 4th of December, 18:00
Where: Divadlo z pasáže (Lazovná street 21, Banská Bystrica)

The World AIDS Day is slowly but surely approaching and the preparation of our AIDS awareness event is on a full swing. Since our aim is to be as much informative and useful as possible, we have prepared something special for the meeting J

  • We have invited a doctor, who is specialised in this field. Her name is MUDr. Mária Vachalíková and she is an infectologist directly working with HIV positive people. She will share some of her experience, participate in the discussion and answer questions concerning HIV and AIDS.
  • For those of us who do not speak Slovak or English, there is great news: we will have an interpreter at the event, who will help with the communication during the presentations or discussions. (We would like to express our special thanks to Prekladateľská a tlmočnícka spoločnosť FHV UMB, who gave us this opportunity for free).

Also, for those who are interested, here is the provisional program of the event. The sub-topics we would like to cover are as follows:

  • What is HIV and what is AIDS – some more practical information about the virus and the syndrome, the ways of transmission, the symptoms and related testing;
  • How HIV cannot be transmitted (or know the “enemy” to defeat it) – details about the safe ways to work, study and live with a HIV-positive person;
  • Discussion about the stigma over people, living with HIV and their rights to be fully part of the society.

Have a wonderful day and hope to see all of you on Tuesday, 4th of December at 18:00 in the building of Divadlo z pasáže (Lazovná street 21, Banská Bystrica)


Podujatie proti AIDS, organizované dobrovoľníkmi EDS

flyer AIDS_sk

Kedy: utorok 4. decembra 2012, 18:00
Kde: Divadlo z pasáže (Lazovná 21, Banská Bystrica)

Svetový deň boja proti AIDS sa pomaly ale isto približuje a príprava nášho podujatia proti AIDS je v plnom prúde. Aby naše podujatie bolo čo najkvalitnejšie pokiaľ ide o informácie a užitočnosť, pripravili sme pár “špecialít”.

  • Pozvali sme lekárku, ktorá sa špecializuje na túto oblasť. Je to MUDr. Mária Vachalíková, ktorá je infektologičkou a priamo pracuje s HIV-pozitívnymi ľuďmi. Bude s nami zdieľať svoje skúsenosti, zúčastní sa na diskusii a bude odpovedať na otázky súvisiace s HIV a AIDS.
  • Pre tých z nás, ktorí nehovoria slovensky alebo anglicky máme skvelú správu – na akcii bude tlmočník, ktorý nám bude pomáhať pri komunikácii počas prezentácií a diskusií. (Chceme zvlášť poďakovať Prekladateľskej a tlmočníckej spoločnosti FHV UMB, ktorá nám poskytla tlmočníka bezplatne).

Taktiež, pre všetkých ktorých to zaujíma, tu je predbežný program podujatia. Témy, ktoré chceme podujatím pokryť, zahŕňajú:

  • Čo je to HIV a čo je to AIDS – viac praktických informácií o víruse a syndrome, spôsoby jeho šírenia, symptómy a s tým súvisiace testy;
  • Ako sa HIV nemôže šíriť (alebo poznaj “nepriateľa” ak ho chceš poraziť) – podrobnosti o bezpečných spôsoboch práce, študovania a spolužitia s HIV-pozitívnym človekom;
  • Diskusia o stigme súvisiacej s ľuďmi žijúcimi s HIV a ich právom byť plnohodnotnou súčasťou spoločnosti.

Majte krásny deň a veríme že sa všetci uvidíme v utorok 4. decembra o 18:00 v budove Divadla z pasáže (Lazovná 21, Banská Bystrica).

1 December 2012 – World Day against HIV/AIDS

1 December 2012 – World Day against HIV/AIDS

The 1st of December is the World Day against HIV/AIDS, an opportunity to raise awareness about the status of the pandemic and encourage progress in HIV/AIDS prevention. People and communities around the world dedicate the day to activities and events to cherish the memories of those who battled with the disease, to celebrate progress achieved in the global response to HIV and to promote prevention.

Since we attach a lot of importance to the topic, we are preparing a special event for this occasion. To have some more information stay in touch!

1. december 2012 – Svetový deň boja proti HIV/AIDS

1. december je svetovým dňom boja proti HIV/AIDS a zároveň príležitosťou zvýšiť povedomie o stave pandémie, ako aj podporiť pokrok v prevencii HIV/AIDS. Ľudia a komunity po celom svete venujú tento deň aktivitám a podujatiam na pamiatku tých, ktorí s chorobou bojovali, oslavujú pokrok dosiahnutý v rámci celosvetového boja proti HIV, ale aj poukazujú na dôležitosť prevencie.

Nakoľko považujeme túto tému za veľmi dôležitú, pripravujeme pri tejto príležitosti špeciálne podujatie. Pre ďalšie informácie zostaňte s nami v kontakte!