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A song to stop discrimination

Humanity is behind in eradicating AIDS by 2030. This delay is not due to a lack of knowledge, capacity or means, but to structural inequalities such as stigma and discrimination which are obstacles to access health services.

Viruses such as HIV or COVID-19 do not differentiate between people, but societies do. They stigmatize and discriminate against people living with HIV, mostly out of ignorance, because they are afraid of the disease.

Discrimination remains one of the biggest battlefields in the Central African Republic and this is why the country was the first in the world to join the Global Partnership to fight against all forms of HIV-related discrimination and stigma.

To make this Global Partnership a reality, a Zero Discrimination Platform was established. It is composed of about thirty partners representing ministries, the National AIDS Council, UN agencies, technical and financial partners, civil society, human rights organizations and other organizations. With UNAIDS support, the Platform called on Ozaguin, the "king of Central African rumba" to use music and art to convey its messages of tolerance and compassion.

At the launch ceremony for Ozaguin's new song against discrimination, which took place on 9 December 2021 at the 20,000-seat stadium in Bangui, he was also nominated as a spokesperson for the Platform.

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