Friday, May 24, 2013 11:06
Local NGO Against HIV/AIDS Stigmatization...Launches Campaign In Four Communities
A local Non Governmental Organization comprising of young Liberians has intensified campaign against HIV/AIDS stigmatization and discrimination. Eye International over the weekend launched a four-day campaign in several communities intended to educate community dwellers on the effect of stigmatization and discrimination against people living with the HIV/AIDS virus.
Eye Association's National President, Etta Tamba disclosed that the campaign is geared toward sensitizing residents of the four communities on how people living with the HIV/AIDS virus can be treated in communities.
Miss. Tamba said the awareness campaign was launched in West Point, Slipway, Larkpasee and Packer Payne communities intended to enable residents of those communities understand that when people living with the virus are discriminated and stigmatized, this could lead to their early death because they will continue to worry endlessly.
“Many times, people living with the virus are stigmatized and so our campaign is to reduce the high level of stigmatization and discrimination that go on in the various communities. And as a result of the stigmatization, people are afraid to disclose their status because whenever they point out themselves people will begin to point fingers at them and will cause them more worries and die before their time,” Miss. Tamba stated.
She said to intensify the campaign against stigmatization and discrimination, Eye Association received US$1000.00 from the National AIDS Control Program (NACP) for the community to community awareness.
Miss. Tamba said since the start of the campaign many in the various communities are requesting to be tested for the HIV/AIDS Virus. She stated further that the community dwellers are listing and being encouraged by the awareness campaign being carried out by Eye Association.
At the same time, Eye Association has lauded NACP for the level of support given to the organization to intensify its campaign against stigmatization and discrimination against people living with the virus. The group is meanwhile appealing to NACP to provide more support so as to enable it move into other communities for its sensitization and awareness campaign; Morrison O.G. Sayon writes.