HSH Princess Stephanie inaugurates new premises of Fight AIDS Monaco

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HSH Princess Stephanie inaugurates new premises of Fight AIDS Monaco

20 June 2008

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Princess Stephanie is the
President of Fight AIDS
Monaco which she helped to
found in 2004.
Photo credit: C.Luci

UNAIDS Special Representative Her Serene Highness Princess Stephanie inaugurated the new premises of Fight AIDS Monaco (FAM) on 13 June 2008.

Princess Stephanie is the President of Fight AIDS Monaco which she helped to found in 2004. As well as offering psychological and material support to people living with HIV and their families in Monaco, FAM also funds projects in Madagascar and Burundi. The organization regularly runs HIV information campaigns in local and regional media and prevention campaigns in schools and night clubs in Monaco.

The inauguration was attended by His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco as well as Government and Parliamentary representatives. Also in attendance were volunteers and staff from Fight AIDS Monaco, people living with HIV and representatives from UNAIDS.

UNAIDS Executive Director Dr Peter Piot sent a message of support saying that the new premises will give a space for constructive dialogue that is framed by tolerance and respect. Dr Piot also praised HSH Princess Stephanie for her committed work on the AIDS response and support of people living with HIV.

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L to R: Mariangela Bavicchi Lerner,
UNAIDS Chief of Resource Mobilization,
Her Serene Highness Princess Stephanie
of Monaco and His Serene Highness
Prince Albert II of Monaco during the
inauguration of the new premises.
Photo credit: C.Luci 

The new premises will enable volunteers and staff of Fight AIDS Monaco to offer a range of services to some 150 people living with or affected by HIV. The space will allow the facilitation of group activities such as computer courses, yoga sessions and theatre courses. The organization also plans to offer more community events and outings to sporting events and concerts.

In October 2006 Princess Stephanie became a UNAIDS Special Representative choosing to focus on raising awareness on prevention and discrimination issues. Her Serene Highness is very active in a range of ways including organizing fundraising events such as a Gala dinner and concert in March this year, convening conferences and meetings to empower networks of people living with HIV, and highlighting the issue of stigma and discrimination towards people living with HIV.