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MSM Grantee Wins Prestigious Red Ribbon Award

September 16, 2008—The Center for Popular Education and Human Rights, Ghana, an amfAR MSM Initiative grantee, was among only five organizations awarded the United Nations Development Programme’s prestigious Red Ribbon Award for outstanding leadership in responding to HIV/AIDS. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon presented the group with the award and $20,000 at an August 7 ceremony during the XVII International AIDS Conference in Mexico City.

Red Ribbon Award 

Anita Confidence Cobbinah, assistant women's director (left), and Mac-Darling Cobbinah, executive national director of the Centre for Popular Education and Human Rights, Ghana (right). Photo courtesy of CEPEHRG.

The Center for Popular Education and Human Rights, Ghana was selected from more than 550 organizations nominated for this exclusive award, which is presented every other year. They were honored for their pioneering work among men who have sex with men (MSM), which includes innovative HIV treatment and mental health services, and a drop-in clinic. amfAR’s MSM Initiative grant allows the group to train HIV prevention peer educators, and to create informational materials to promote safe sex among MSM in greater Accra.