- First Lady's Office
The Center for Economic and Leadership Development, a consultative body of the United Nations Economic and Social Council, awarded the First Lady of Panama, Lorena Castillo de Varela, the "Global Impact Leadership Award". The prize is in recognition of Castillo's efforts against HIV / AIDS
"I do it on behalf of all the people who in my country and in the world have raised their voices in a determined way to face HIV, stigma and discrimination," said the First Lady.
Castillo is currently leading the Zero Discrimination movement and serves as the UNAIDS Special Ambassador for Latin America. She also highlighted that the Zero Discrimination Initiative was born from her first approach to the HIV epidemic and has been able to see the negative repercussions of practices such as stigma, discrimination, inequality and injustice.
The First Lady also added that from her office she is promoting the Mobile Clinic Amor Sobre Ruedas program to bring prevention and timely diagnosis of breast cancer and HIV to difficult-to-access rural areas and to the most remote and vulnerable indigenous communities in the country.