A coalition of different organizations dealing with HIV/AIDS related issues on Saturday ended a week long celebration to mark the Global AIDS Week.
Speaking to Awoko at the National Stadium, Abu Bakarr Sesay of Search for Common Ground, a member of the coalition, said the celebration started with a candle light past Sunday.
He said the dissemination of information on HIV/AIDS related issues and the promotion of female condoms in different parts of the city formed part of the celebration.
The Global AIDS Week was climaxed by a fund fair at the Atlantic Hall, Freetown.
Val Tucker from the Promotion of Sexual Health and HIV/AIDS Education told Awoko that as a coalition they had been advocating to ensure a reduction in the existence of the disease and that they had come together as a coalition to raise their voices for a call to action from governments and national leaders.
She revealed that they decided to target women specifically because they realized that women were mostly affected by the disease and that there was a need for them to live in safer environments.
The coalition has been working in collaboration with AIDS related organizations like UNAIDS and the National AIDS Secretariat.
According to statistics from UNAIDS, over 6,800 persons become infected with HIV everyday and that over 5700 persons die from AIDS mostly due to the inadequate access to HIV prevention and treatment services.
The statistics also indicate that a total of 2541 people living with HIV are on antiretroviral therapy out of expected 7267 in Sierra Leone. The statistics also reveal that males at the age of 35-39 have the highest prevalence as the country is having a prevalence of 1.53%. The UNAIDS has been on the forefront in advocating for the use of condoms.