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Workshop on impact of harm reduction in NE

Dr. I. Ibohalbi Singh, MLA and secretary of Manipur Legislators'' Forum on AIDS, Government of Manipur and Dr. Nicky Kire, chairman NHHDC at the 2nd one day Consultative workshop on "Impact of harm Reduction in North East India" held at Hotel Japfü, Tuesday. (NP)
Correspondent: Kohima, 29 Jul 2008
Published on 30 Jul. 2008 12:57 AM IST
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The 2nd one day Consultative workshop on "Impact of harm Reduction in North East India" was held Tuesday at Hotel Japfü. The workshop was graced by Dr. Nicky Kire, chairman NHHDC as the chief guest and Dr. I. Ibohalbi Singh, MLA and secretary of Manipur Legislators' Forum on AIDS, Government of Manipur as the guest of honour. The workshop was organized by the North East India Harm Reduction Network (NEIHRN) in collaboration with NSACS, Kripa Foundation, International HIV/AIDS Alliance, N Naga Dao, Fellowship for Transformation Through Caring and Bethesda Youth Welfare Centre.
Delivering his speech, Dr. Nicky Kire lauded the NGOs stating that they should be given credit for sensitizing the people on major social issues and the positive outcome on it. Stating that politicians, as leaders, have greater impact on the masses, the chief guest assured to extend his help and support in the fight against drugs, HIV AIDS etc.
Dr. Nicky further asserted that one must possess dedication, determination and discipline to move ahead in life. He said that one must work for the best of the lesser fortunate and not look out for award or rewards.
The guest of honour, Dr. I. Ibohalbi Singh, said that HIV and drugs were twin issue which had long affected the region, especially Nagaland, Manipur and Mizoram. He said that a joint effort of all sectors with localized strategy would help in settling the issue. Stating that there is still a long way to go, Dr. Singh called upon all to join hands in fighting against the intense issues faced in the society. He commented that a major contribution factor would come along if the politicians influence the masses on these issues. Dr. Singh further lauded the NGOs for their services in tackling the social issues.
Commissioner and Secretary, Health and Family Welfare and chairman on NSACS, Menukhol John said that the battle against drugs and HIV is a people's issue and not just an issue of the department alone. Stating that HIV rate through drug users have declined in Nagaland over the years, John said that the rapid growth of HIV must be reversed in the entire nation too. He further called upon all sections of the society to come with a joint effort in sensitizing the general masses on these issues.
Dr. Vinito Chishi, coordinator of Nagaland Legislators' Forum on AIDS and Sushil, coordinator, Manipur Legislators' Forum on AIDS gave accounts of their respective LFAs, while an overview of NEIHRN was proposed by Ronny Waikhom. The programme was chaired by W.C. Humtsoe, executive director, Bethesda Youth Welfare Centre.
Delegates present at the workshop included Dr. Neiphi Kire, Project Director, NSACS; Dr. Joyce, the Projects Manager of The Nossal Institute for Global Health; Dr. P. Ngullie, chairman, Kripa Foundation; Abu Mere, Coordinator, Kripa Foundation; K. Ela, director, Prodigal's Home; and other representatives from different states of the North East.

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