The Director of National HIV Advocacy Coalition Dr. Brima Kargbo has stated at the Y.W.C.A. hall past Thursday that the U.N. General Assembly had convened a high-level meeting on HIV/AIDS in which all Heads of State and Government at the world summit in September 2005, committed themselves to fully implement the Declaration of Commitment on HIV/AIDS.
He said during the Summit, it was agreed that a package for HIV prevention, treatment and care would be developed and implemented with the aim of achieving universal access to treatment by 2010.
Dr. B. Kargbo disclosed that the declaration of commitment is considered as a road map for achieving the Millennium Development Goal of halting and reversing the HIV/AIDS epidemic by 2015 through specific commitments.
Dr. Kargbo said to fulfill this commitment, participating countries will have embark upon prevention campaign, reducing stigma, building infrastructures, providing necessary resources and ensuring treatment, care and respect for people living with HIV/AIDS.
He also stated that strong leadership at all levels of society is essential for an effective response of the epidemic especially leadership by government to combat HIV/AIDS to be complemented by the full and active participation of civil society, NGOs, CBOs, FBOs, Youth Groups, Women Group, the business community and the private sector.
“ The establishment of National AIDS Council, National AIDS Secretariat, District AIDS Committee and the inclusion of the Media and HIV/AIDS as part of the poverty reduction strategy paper were used as technique to curtail the disease”, Dr Kargbo stated.
The Director further stated the preventive measure discovered that in 2008, 54,193 people tested for HIV/AIDS and received result whiles in 2009 the number increased to 181, 962 and in 2008, 91,212 pregnant women tested and received result and in 2009 the number decreased to 99,256.
He stated further that 2,676,141 male condoms were distributed free in 2008 and 2,185,920 distributed in 2009 and in 2008, 4,452 female condoms distributed and 16,200 distributed in 2009. He said 69% of Women and 83% of men aware about HIV/AIDS issues.
In his statement the Country Director Action Aid Mr. Mohamed Sillah said his organization is working on issue of HIV/AIDS and ensure that women living with HIV/AIDS should be protected and empowered to engage their authorities to address their problem.
He further state that they provide livelihood support and skills like Gara tie dying, soap making and tailoring for women with HIV/AIDS and Action Aid will continue to fight against HIV/AIDS, especially against stigma and discrimination.
By Muctarr King