NNP+ and NTDP+ (Tuensang) with support from Legislators’ Forum on AIDS conducted an advocacy campaign on HIV and AIDS with the key stakeholders on May 25 at Town Hall, Noklak.
P. Longon, minister for Soil and Water Conservation, Land Resources Development was the guest speaker on the theme “Together we can!”.
While speaking on the theme, the guest speaker stated that everyone should be aware of HIV and AIDS and its consequences. He said the misconception towards HIV and those living with it should be eradicated, and advocated for timely treatment i.e ART to help HIV positive person live a healthily and long life.
He asked the community not to depend only on organizations working in the field of HIV and AIDS but urged key stakeholders to play their role towards prevention and to show love, care and support for those who are living with it.
As a sign of his commitment and encouragement, the minister donated `50, 000 (Rupees fifty thousand only) towards PLHIVs in Noklak.
Later a group wise discussion on the topic ‘The Role of key stakeholders towards HIV and AIDS response” was held; whereby officials under ADC along with health care providers and political leaders, KBCA, Khiamniungan menyiu hoikem, Khiamniungan tribal council, adhoc town committee, church leaders, GBs, Red Cross society, teachers and students participated and pledged to take responsibility on bringing a positive change in HIV response at their own level.
The other key resources were Thangpong, EAC, Dr. Akum, SMO, CHC, Noklak, Chongtie Shiu, president, Imtitama Aier; Longyim Tzudir from NNP+ and Heroto, LFA, Nagaland. The one day advocacy campaign was attended by more than 200 key stakeholders and was facilitated by Mongshai, NTDP+.