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UNAIDS, partners conclude HIV social protection training

The United Nations Joint Program on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS ) in collaboration with the Government of Liberia and partners has concluded a two – day training workshop with focus on Liberia’s HIV and Social Protection Assessment Agenda.

The two – day training was held at the Corina Hotel in Monrovia, between 21st and 22nd June, 2017. The HIV sensitive social protection initiative brought together over 40 representatives of the UN system, government of Liberia, civil society, INGOs, NGOs including, policy makers, persons living with HIV and young people including in and out of school youth.

The training also included persons with disabilities, migrants, and caregivers of orphans to review the HIV and social protection situation of Liberia. Liberia has a generalized HIV epidemic with an HIV prevalence of 2.1% (2013 LDHS) with an estimated adult HIV population of over 30,000 (2015).

Speaking during the opening of the workshop, UNAIDS Country Director Dr. Miriam Chipimo said the integration of HIV and social protection interventions will help Liberia in achieving its targets toward global response to end AIDS by 2030.

According to her, the UNAIDS’ 35th Program Co-ordinating Board (PCB) urged UNAIDS and its partners to conduct HIV and social protection assessments in countries that wish to develop country consultations on HIV and social protection considering the integrated program
contributions to global AIDS response.

To this effect, Dr. Chipimo intoned that UNAIDS and partners have developed over the past months an HIV and social protection assessment tool.  The UNAIDS boss then called on stakeholders to critically review the HIV and social protection situation of Liberia because, according to her, the assessment is intended to support decision making in strengthening the HIV sensitivity of social protection programs and
the national AIDS response.

Also speaking, Dr. Ivan F. Camanor, Chairman of the National AIDS Commission (NAC) of Liberia said HIV and social protection integration cannot be ignored because it is the responsibility of the government to improve the condition of all persons regardless of their health

For his part, Mr. Gabriel Fernandez, Social Protection Coordinator at the Ministry of Gender and Social Protection said he strongly believe the HIV sensitive social protection tool will help Liberia to monitor advancements and challenges toward meeting the social protection targets of the country’s population holistically. –Press release

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