Red Ribbon Award - BIANNUAL PRIZE

The Red Ribbon Award 2016 will be given to community groups for outstanding leadership in responding to AIDS in one or more of the following categories based on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):

  1. Good health and well-being (SDG3):
    • Children, adolescents and adults living with HIV can access testing, know their status and are immediately offered and sustained on affordable quality treatment;
    • New HIV infections among children eliminated and their mothers' health and well-being sustained.
  2. Reduced inequalities (SDG10):
    • Young people, especially young women and adolescent girls, can access combination prevention services and are empowered to protect themselves from HIV;
    • Tailored HIV combination prevention services are accessible to key populations, including sex workers, men who have sex with men, people who inject drugs, transgender people, and prisoners, as well as migrants.
  3. Gender equality (SDG5):
    • Women and men practice and promote healthy gender norms and work together to end gender-based, sexual and intimate partner violence to mitigate risk and impact of HIV.
  4. Just, peaceful & inclusive societies (SDG16):
    • Punitive laws, policies, practices, stigma and discrimination that block effective responses to HIV are removed.
  5. Global partnership (SDG17):
    • People-centered HIV and health services are integrated in the context of stronger systems for health.

The selected community organizations will benefit from international visibility at AIDS2016. Additionally, each recipient of the award will receive at US$10,000 grant. Regional Selection Panels, made up of leading civil society representatives from each region, are reviewing nominations received and will make a selection of Regional Finalists for consideration by the Global RRA Panel who will select the RRA Winners for 2016.

Additional information regarding the Red Ribbon Award, the categories and criteria for selection can be found on this website address:

Join us at AIDS2016 to shine a light on the best that the response to AIDS can offer!

Previous Prize Winners

2014 Red Ribbon Award

Category one: Prevention of sexual transmission

Action pour la Lutte contre l’Ignorance du SIDA (ALCIS) is a community-based organization founded in 1999 to prevent sexual transmission of HIV among young people and men who have sex with men in the context of sex work. It is the only organization in the Democratic Republic of the Congo to organize sex workers and men who have sex with men into solidarity committees that represent a collective and cooperative entity.

Marsa Sexual Health Centre provides marginalized sexually active young people, women, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transsexual, transgender and intersex people (LGBTI) and people living with HIV full access to sexual and reproductive health services.

Category two: Prevention among/by people who use drugs

Ehyaye Hayyate Sarmad is best known for its Red Ribbon Prison, which has provided treatment for drug users and organized workshops on sexual and reproductive health. Ehyaye Hayyate Sarmad is one of the first organizations in the Islamic Republic of Iran to work in the field of harm reduction and HIV in the prison system.

Dristi provides services and support to women who use drugs in Nepal. The organization is run by women who are former drug users and is dedicated to reducing the harmful impact of drug use through advocacy, treatment and support. 

Category three: Treatment, care and support

Life Concern Organization (LICO) helps to improve the health and development of marginalized and vulnerable populations in Malawi. Since February 2009, LICO has worked to empower and lead an engaged community that can make informed decisions in the Rumphi district of northern Malawi. 

Cherkassy Regional Branch of All-Ukrainian Network of PLWHA started as a self-help group to support the HIV-positive community. Over the past 12 years, the organization has worked to create systematic change at the regional level and to improve the quality of life through treatment, diagnosis and accompaniment for people living with HIV.

Category four: Advocacy and human rights

Society against Sexual Orientation Discrimination (SASOD) is dedicated to the eradication of homophobia in Guyana and throughout the Caribbean. SASOD has worked to repeal discriminatory Guyanese laws, change local attitudes about the LGBTI community and end discrimination in the government, workplace and community.

Perssaudaraan Korban Napza Indonesia (PKNI) is a leading national network representing the common priorities of 25 self-organized drug user groups across 19 provinces in Indonesia. PKNI was established in 2006 to address stigma, violence, discrimination and violations of human rights towards people who use drugs.

Category five: Stopping new HIV infections among children and keeping mothers alive, women’s health

Girl Child Counseling Women’s Group is a grass-roots women’s group that focuses on bringing together all community members to address the high rate of new HIV infections among women of childbearing age in Matunda, Kenya. The group vision is “A HIV free generation in the Matunda location.”