Women & Child Welfare Centre in collaboration with LFA-UNAIDS organized a programme on ‘Advocacy for Community Ownership of HIV and AIDS’ on April 26 at Centre for Community Transformation, Walford Dimapur with GB’s, DB’s, VC chairman and secretary, pastors, women leaders and public leaders of Dimapur I A/C.
Speaking on the occasion as chief guest, MLA K.L. Chishi encouraged people living with HIV and AIDS (PLHA) to avail various services made available for them by the government and NGOs. He urged both PLHAs and general public to be socially responsible and help PLHAs to come out by deleting stigma and discrimination so that HIV would be controlled.
The chief guest also urged Church leaders to create awareness among people and encourage them to get their blood tested and further requested them to re-examine their preaching strategy based on HIV.
Meanwhile, a member of DNP+ spoke on stigma and discrimination and shared testimony on living and hiding the status for 10years for fear of discrimination.
Suggestions proposed by participants included educating school children from Class 8 and above on HIV and AIDS; awareness programme for defence personnel; involvement of church leaders; demarcation of areas in Dimapur town as ‘red light’ area and issue of ID card to all female sex workers (FSW); regular health check up and testing of FSWs by doctors; identification of economic condition of BPL through CMCF and LADF; education of hotels, restaurants and bar-owners and workers on HIV and AIDS; and education of illiterate villagers in their own dialect.