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NDUN pledge on HIV and AIDS
Correspondent KOHIMA, NOV 18 (NPN):
Published on 19 Nov. 2010 1:22 AM IST
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“I pledge to protect myself and friends from HIV and AIDS, by practicing safe/responsible behaviors, ” was the pledge taken by around 200 members of the Nagaland Users Network from across the state during the 2nd Nagaland Drug Users Conference with the theme “Re-awakening dreams” held at the state Academy Hall here Thursday.
The members of the NUN took the pledge by appending their signatures soon after the first session of the day-long conference which was formally graced by commissioner and secretary, health and family welfare, Menokhol John.
Speaking on the occasion Menokhol encouraged drug users to come forward to address the issue of drug addiction. He also attributed the drastic reduction among the IDUs to the collective efforts by the state government and its agencies and the various NGOs working in the field. Menukhol revealed that the HIV and AIDS prevalence rate in the state indicated a downward swing to 1.2% presently.
Five other guest speakers including Khriebu Nakhro, president N-Naga DAO, W. Senti from EHA Project Orchid, Dr. Viketoulie, MO, Dr. Lima from NSACS and Dr. P. Ngully, chairman RRTC NE-II also addressed the opening session on different topics.
Earlier, president NUN, Ketho Angami delivering the welcome address said that holding of the 2nd NDUN conference was the outcome of the first conference that resulted in the formation of 5 users’ level networks. He said that the members of NUN believed in inclusive planning and comprehensive delivery in addressing issues affecting their lives and dear ones. He said users need to stick together to survive or perish in isolation.
The conference was attended by around 200 users from across the state including official representatives from Mon, Tuensang, Longleng, Mokokchung and Kohima district level Users’ Network.
“Role/Responsibilities of Drug User in Drugs and HIV prevention,” “Legal Issues and Rights,” “Formalization and Managing Networks in response to NACP-III,” “Harm Reduction Strategies and Approaches” were some of the topics addressed by various speakers which was followed by a panel discussion.
The conference would be followed by 3 days Indian Drug User Forum (IDUF) 2nd Assembly and Strategic workshop from November 19 to 21 at Hotel Japfu, the first of its kind to be held in the Northeast where members of Users Network from across the country would take part.

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