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Honoring Princess Soamsawali as UNAIDS Goodwill Ambassador

2 March 2020 (Readers 897)

Her Royal Highness Princess Soamsawali Krom Muen Suddhanarinatha, accompanied by Her Royal Highness Princess Bajrakitiyabha Narendiradebyavati, presided over a seminar with the goal of "Zero Discrimination, in honor of Princess Soamsawali's role as UNAIDS Goodwill Ambassador for HIV Prevention for Asia and the Pacific.

The seminar took place at King Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital on 1 March 2020, coinciding with Zero Discrimination Day 2020. Each year, on Zero Discrimination Day, UNAIDS calls for an end to discrimination against women and girls and for equal rights, opportunities and treatment.

Zero Discrimination Day highlights how people can become informed about and promote inclusion, compassion, peace and, above all, a movement for change. It is helping to create a global movement of solidarity to end all forms of discrimination.

The seminar touched on the issue of "Stigma Talk, aimed at realizing zero discrimination in Thailand. The participants exchanged views and experience concerning legal, economic, and social measures in order to end discrimination. Emphasis was placed on providing opportunities for HIV-infected persons to live a full and productive life with dignity.

Various networks have been urged to join the campaign for moving toward "Thailand Partnership for Zero Discrimination and respecting the rights of HIV-infected persons.

Her Royal Highness Princess Soamsawali Krom Muen Suddhanarinatha has been at the forefront of Thailands response to HIV for about 30 years. The UNAIDS in 2019 presented Her Royal Highness with the title of UNAIDS Goodwill Ambassador for HIV Prevention in Asia and the Pacific.

According to UNAIDS, Princess Soamsawali has been tireless in her efforts to promote clinical studies to prevent mother-to-child transmission and to devise new HIV testing methods, and for her role in supporting the introduction of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) in Thailand.

Since 2016, she has supported the Princess Prep program, the first community-based PrEP distribution model which has been used as a model to scale up PrEP services within the national healthcare system.

The Princess also supports a variety of projects to improve Thailand's HIV response, ranging from the provision of medications to curb mother-to-child HIV transmission, to increasing access to antiretrovirals, establishing breast-milk banks, and personally visiting people living with HIV, along with the Thai Red Cross.

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