The Network Movement for Justice and Development (NMJD) in collaboration with UNHCR and National Aids Secretariat (NAS) has ended a five days training workshop for Humanitarian workers in Kenema district, refugees and host communities at Caritas office along Reservation road in Kenema.
In his opening statements the chairman of the Programme Gabriel Songu disclosed that HIV/AIDS is on the increase in Sierra Leone as compared to other developing countries and called on all to go for their VCCT so as to know their status
The Head of UNHCR Sub Office Gabriel Joseph Bagui in his statement assured NMJD of their readiness to support the prevention and control of HIV/AIDS in the country. He says Sierra Leone is among the countries that United Nations is supporting to prevent and control the disease.
The facilitator Mohamed Kai Sandi said the training was aimed at educating participants on prevention and control of HIV/AIDS. He disclosed that the basic fact about the pandemic such as behavioural change, voluntary counseling and testing, communication, condom use and many others were lined up for discussion during the workshop.
Mr. Sandi encouraged the participants to go for their voluntary HIV/AIDS test so that they can know their status and adapt to the prevention strategies.
He further appealed to participants to put into practice all what they have learnt and to extend the knowledge to their various communities.
At the end of the workshop two participants declared themselves as HIV/AIDS positive and remarked that testing positive to HIV is a momentous event that is characterized by fear, shock and emotional stress.
The two persons living with HIV disclosed that fear of stigma is the greatest challenge follow by discrimination by the public. The two HIV/AIDS positive victims who declared their status during the workshop are calling on government and NGOs to support them with food, education, medication, spiritual counseling and consolations