The Regional Coordinator of the Network of African people living with HIV/AIDS Lielliane Corcher has called on the Sierra Leonean public to support the people living with HIV/AIDS in the country to enable them to live a better and healthy life.
She made this call last Friday when she visited the country to see how their partner organization, the Network of HIV/AIDS Positives (NETHIPS) in Sierra Leone is carrying on with the implementation of a US$15,000 towards fighting the stigma and discrimination and also helping them with a better condition of living.
Speaking to the press at the NETHIPS office, the Regional Coordinator said the people of Sierra Leone must come onboard to support their brothers and sisters suffering from the AIDS pandemic.
She added that as a regional body they have been trying to attract support from other organizations but such support has not been enough for all member countries, emphasizing that there should be a positive national response towards people living with the disease in the country.
As a way of encouraging local support, the Network of HIV Positives has opened a solidarity bank account at ECOBANK for philanthropists and other members of the public who might be interested in making some financial donation towards improving the living condition of HIV/AIDS positives in the country.
In his statement, the National Coordinator of NETHIPS, Idrissa Songo disclosed that there are over 50,000 people living with HIV/AIDS in the country but there are just over 5000 registered members with NETHIPS that are presently under the 36 care and support associations across the country.
He said at present they are finding it very difficult to cater for the welfare of all their members so there is need for people to come onboard and help save their lives and more importantly to motivate the volunteers working with them.