NAC, Partners Conclude Discussion To Update Zero Discrimination Plan For Liberia

Monrovia, Liberia- July 6, 2023: The National AIDS Commission of Liberia and partners have concluded a two-day working session to update the Zero Discrimination Acton plan to reinforce Liberia’s commitment to addressing stigma-related issues.
The Zero Discrimination Action Plan is a document that aims to promote equality and ensure that everyone has dignity by advancing inclusive policies in all spheres of life.
Speaking at the opening of the meeting, the Chairperson of the National AIDS Commission, Theodosia S. Kolee told the gathering that Liberia has committed itself to ensuring an environment free of discriminatory behaviors against people based on perceived or real health status, sexual orientation, and gender identity.
Madam Kolee emphasized that a long-term plan as a way of demonstrating Liberia’s commitment to addressing discrimination is urgently required through a combination of collaborative efforts of partners in the national HIV response.
She said as a member of the Global Partnership Strategy, Liberia wants to use the zero discrimination plan to reduce inequalities that drive people away from accessing life-saving HIV services.
“As a body tasked with the responsibility to coordinate and manage the multi-sectoral HIV response in the country all hands should be on deck to call for adequate collaboration and subsequent implementation of the Zero Discrimination Action plan for Liberia,” Madam Kolee said.
Madam Kolee said the implementation of the zero discrimination plan will take into consideration strengthening relationships and expanding conversations with stakeholders including legislature to influence legal reform and facilitate the passage of legislations and formulate a database to track would-be offenders of the confidentiality law of Liberia.
The National AIDS Commission boss said, “As we all know, stigma and discrimination in the workplace remain high, and persons living with HIV, key populations and other vulnerable groups are being made to drop out of schools, evicted from their houses due to social stigma and discrimination”.
The updating of the Zero discrimination plan coincided with the revision of the 1st three settings which included individual, household and community, healthcare and justice, and to incorporate the 2nd three settings which include emergency and humanitarian, workplace and education.
Also making remarks at the opening session, UNAIDS advisor for Strategic information, Sandei Cooper emphasized the need for stigma and discrimination to be addressed holistically in Liberia by all partners.
On March 1, 2022; Liberia launched and officially presented the Zero Discrimination Action Plan, which commits the country to ensuring a society free of HIV-related stigma and discrimination

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