The Government of Liberia, through the National AIDS Commission (NAC) and National AIDS Control Program (NACP) of the Ministry of Health, has commenced series of activities in observance of the World AIDS Day 2015 in the Country.
The activities are under the auspices of the AIDS Commission, in collaboration with its partners, including the Joint United Nations Program on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS), World Health Organization (WHO), United Nations Development Program and other UN agencies.
According to a release, the 1st of December of every year, World AIDS Day is dedicated to raising awareness about the HIV and AIDS pandemic, provide a platform to reflect on the achievements made in the national HIV response and to embrace with optimistic solidarity, people living with HIV.
World AIDS Day was first observed in 1988, and since then, governments and officials from all sectors in their respective countries have committed themselves to observing the day with speeches, forums, communities’ awareness and media campaign on global and national themes aimed at reaffirming their commitments.
The release quoted the National AIDS Commission as saying that Liberia will join the world-over to celebrate the day under the global Theme: “Fast Track-Ending the AIDS Epidemic by 2030”, with a national Theme: “Liberia Fast Tracking: Scale up Treatment, Know Your Status, Use Condoms and End Stigma and Discrimination.”
Ahead of the December 1, series of activities, including community outreach, a massive HIV Counseling and Testing campaign, mobilization of schools and communities, sports tournament and competition are being implemented in Buchanan, Grand Bassa County and other venues already indicated.
Partners in the HIV national response including the Network of People living with HIV (PLHIV) are spearheading the activities in Buchanan. Action Aid Liberia’s Country Director Korto Williams will serve as Guest Speaker for this year’s World AIDS Day, followed by speeches from the Government of Liberia, heads of UN Agencies, civil society and other partners.
The National AIDS Commission is urging Liberians and others within the borders of country to use these activities marking the observance of WAD to increase awareness on the prevention of HIV&AIDS, the release said.