The United Nations Fund for Population Activities (UNFPA) and the Mono River Union (MRU), in collaboration with Caritas Kenema, have donated food and non-food items to people living with HIV/AIDS in Kenema.
The programme was organized by Sencep Sierra Leone whose main aim is to help people living with the disease.
The director, George Massaquoi, said “AIDS is real,” and called on every resident of Kenema to go for a free HIV/AIDS test so as to know their status.
Mr Massaquoi added that they were there to render services and promote human dignity, medication, education, nutrition and social support to people living with HIV/AIDS.
In his contribution the programme supervisor, Henry Kabineh Dassama who deputized the director of Caritas, expressed satisfaction over the turnout of the HIV/AIDS patients.
Mr Dassama encouraged them to sum of courage saying as “there is life after HIV/AIDS and our main duty is to promote facilities to enable patients not to suffer from the stigma of the sickness”.
The programme supervisor said they were working directly with UNFPA, “which is one of the donors of the programme”. He advised the community people not disown people with HIV/AIDS.
Speaking on behalf of the UNFPA director, Nyabo Ngumbu thanked all those who made it possible for the occasion to be successful.
She emphasized that some people with the HIV virus had been known to have prolonged lives when they take their medications.
Ms Ngumbu noted that, “there is still life after HIV/AIDS as long as one adhered to the medical treatment”.
Presenting the items to the patients a representative from Caritas Kenema, Vioni Musa, commended the patients for their boldness and advised them not to smoke cigarettes.