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District level peer convention held in Mkg, Kma, Dmu
Published on 8 Nov. 2009 11:45 PM IST
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District level network peer convention was organised at Network of Mokokchung District People Living with HIV and AIDS (NNP+), Dimapur Network for People Living with HIV and AIDS (DNP+) and Network of Kohima district People Living with HIV and AIDS (KNP+). In Mokokchung the convention was held at Ongpangkong Salang on November 6. The convention was organised in an effort to erase myths, stigma and social discrimination against people living with HIV and AIDS and to inspire and motivate those infected /affected people to live normal life with self-esteem. Regional Transport Officer Mokokchung T. Lotha, who attended the inaugural function as special guest, expressed gratitude to NNP+ for taking lead in the fight against the dreaded disease and caring those infected. In Dimapur, district level peer convention was held at DABA, Khermahal on the theme ‘Lets walk along with peers’ with 25 participants attending the programme. The resource person of the programme Dr Atoka from ART Centre explained about ART treatment and adherence. He also briefed the gathering on different kinds of treatment that PHLIV could obtain. Coordinator, Population Foundation of India (PFI) also highlighted about ACT project and also about district level network (DLN). Other highlights of the programme included various competition and activities among PHLIV. Further, in Kohima, the programme was held on the theme ‘Lets walk along with peers’ Chief guest for the occasion was commissioner and secretary health and family welfare department Menukhol John. He lauded the organiser for organizing the convention for the first time and stated that the kind of programme was the perfect platform where not only the health sector, government sector and other activist but also family involvement was equally important. He also said community care centre should be improved and also ART centre be increased since more people living with HIV were accessing to treatment.

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