August 28, 2023, Monrovia, Liberia: The National AIDS Commission of Liberia in collaboration with PEPFAR Interagency has concluded a two day pre-conference training for the Media and other stakeholders at the EJ Sirleaf Ministerial Complex in Congo Town.
The training which is sponsored by PEPFAR/Liberia through USAID/Liberia Interagency is aimed at strengthening advocacy and the National Response to stigma, discrimination and violence against persons living with HIV as well as the key and vulnerable populations.
The training placed emphasis on creating awareness to improve understanding of stigma, discrimination and advocacy including access to, and uptake of HIV services.
In her opening remarks at the pre conference training on Monday, August 28, 2023, the chairperson of the Commission, Theodosia Kolee said the pre conference training is intended to provide tips and broader understanding to stakeholders ahead of the National stigma, discrimination and advocacy conference slated for August 31 to September 1, 2023.
Madam Kolee said as stakeholders are expected to engage different groups of people during the national conference, it is important to prepare them on some of the terminologies that will be frequently used during the Conference.
The Chairperson then urged participants of the training to be resilient and open minded, while lauding USAID for its continuous support in the National HIV Response.
Also making remarks at the start of the pre conference training, USAID Program Management Specialist on HIV care and Treatment Titus Kokoi encouraged participants to be opened and actively engage during discussions.
Mr. kokoi expressed gratitude that USAID is collaborating with the commission to discuss and address issues on stigma and discrimination in the country.
Meanwhile, participants at the training have extended gratitude to USAID and the National AIDS Commission for bringing together people of diverse backgrounds to impact knowledge so as to take back to the communities and the society at large.
The participants pleaded with the organizers of the training to ensure that such training are a continuous process while urging females to take the lead in the campaign to end Stigma and discrimination in the country.

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