NAC, First Lady Office Conclude …. Roundtable Dialogue On HIV

In commemoration of World AIDS Day 2020, the office of First lady, Clar Weah and the National AIDS Commission of Liberia have concluded a one day roundtable dialogue with major stakeholders in Liberia’s national HIV and AIDS response.
Speaking at the opening of the dialogue, First lady Clar Weah expressed hope that such event will create the necessary awareness in addressing the impact of HIV and AIDS on the Country.
She noted that HIV and AIDS remained a public health threat in Liberia especially for women and children who remained vulnerable to new infections.
According to the First lady, if HIV and AIDS must end in Liberia, the Government and partners must exert more efforts in investing in the health sector to increase the awareness about the danger the virus poses to the country.
In remarks, the chairperson of the National AID Commission Madam Theodosia S. Kolee said the dialogue was helpful in brining partners together major stakeholders to brainstorm on challenges in meeting the global target of ending HIV and AIDS by 2030.
Madam Kolee told the gathering that addressing the impacts of HIV and AIDS in Liberia as envisioned by the United Nations, is not, and should not be the sole responsibility of the National AIDS Commission, rather it is a collective effort.
“This means that you our stakeholders all line ministries, agencies and commissions need to get involved to mainstream HIV and AIDS prevention activities at their respective institutions. We consider your involvement as our major stakeholders, a major boost because of the strategic place, you occupy in the country, Get Involved, end AIDS together in Liberia,” the NAC boss said.
She said ending AIDS together in Liberia requires every stakeholder in addressing the outcome of the IBBSS 2018 report which shows increased HIV prevalence among key and vulnerable populations in the country.
Quoting the IBBSS report Madam Korlee said the report puts HIV prevalence among Men who have Sex with men at 37.9%, Female sex workers 16.7%, Transgender 27.6% and People who inject drugs 9.6%.
For Vulnerable Populations she said Uniformed Service Personnel account for 17.6% of HIV prevalence, Long distance transport workers 14.4%, Inmates 5.6%, Miners 3.8% and mobile traders 3%.
This, the AIDS Commission boss is a fact that Liberians must face and holistically respond to, so that no one is left behind in responding to the impact of HIV in the country.
The dialogue was initiated by the First Lady Office two years ago, which brings together key actors in the HIV response to discuss strategies to tackle the HIV and AIDS epidemic.

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