NAC, Partners Validate Zero Discrimination Plan For Liberia

The National AIDS Commission of Liberia in collaboration with its Partners has concluded a one day meeting to validate the Zero Discrimination Plan for Liberia, reinforcing the country’s commitment in addressing stigma-related issues.
The Zero discrimination Action Plan is a document aims to promote equality and ensures that everyone has dignity by advancing inclusive policies in all spheres of life.
The document also seeks to identify and break HIV-related stigma and discrimination barriers, strengthen the capacity of health service providers and the media for responsible reporting.
Speaking at the validation meeting, the Chairperson of the National AIDS Commission of Liberia, Theodosia S. Kolee said the validation of the Zero Discrimination Action Plan comes at a time when the country is collaboratig to address stigma and discrimination which is negatively affecting the lives and well-being of people who are at high risk, including the key and vulnerable populations.
Madam Kolee reemphasized that stigma and discrimination in the workplace remain high against persons living with HIV, key and vulnerable populations.
“Some of these people being made to drop out of schools and evicted from their houses due to societal stigma and discrimination. We must join efforts to address these issues,” Madam Kolee said.
According to her, the AIDS Commission is aware that key population and other vulnerable groups have suffered from discrimination in their quest to seek healthcare and treatment and live freely in society.
The NAC Chairperson told the partners at the meeting that the Zero Discrimination Action Plan is aligned with the Global partnership Strategy which aims to reduce inequalities that drive the AIDS epidemic and prioritize people who are not accessing life-saving HIV services.
In remarks, UNAIDS Advisor on strategic Information Sandei Cooper urged partners in the HIV response to ensure that over the next four years, activities outlined in the document are carried out.
Mr. Cooper hopes that once these identified issues are addressed under the different activities, the country will boast of a reduced stigma and discrimination.
The Validation of the Zero Discrimination Action Plan will be launched at the upcoming Stigma, Discrimination and Advocacy conference on August 31, 2023 in Liberia.

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