A two-day eastern region HIV and AIDS advocacy consultancy workshop, organized by the Network Movement for Justice and Development (NMJD), has ended at the Holy Trinity Parish in Kenema city.
Participants were drawn form Kenema, Kono, and Kailahun and other Community Based Organizations, Non Governmental Organizations and civil society groups in the region. Giving the workshop’s objective, NMJD’s regional director East, Beny Sam, said the workshop was to serve as a forum for creative interaction on experiences in HIV and AIDS work, to map out human rights issues as related to HIV and AIDS, and to identify strategies for activities of People Living with HIV and AIDS (PLHA).
He said, “the workshop is a follow up of the workshop held in March last year,” and therefore called on participants to take the work of HIV and AIDS very seriously.
The HIV and AIDS animator at the Community Based Response to HIV and AIDS (COBRA) project, Fredrica Koroma, stated that they would help to strategically broaden their work and facilitate a more effective realization of their common goal.
She said the calling on CBOs and people working with HIV organizations was a way of mapping out advocacy strategies of how to fight and stop the spread of the disease in their respective communities. Fredrica Koroma maintained that, “the HIV and AIDS Acts passed in parliament is also another big step in prevention and care.”