|NAS and Partners Press Conference for World AIDS Day 2010|
The National HIV/AIDS Secretariat and its Partner on 24th November 2010 held a press conference at the Secretariat’s Head office at Kingharman Road, Brookfields, Freetown, where journalists were briefed about proposed national activities, available opportunities, possible challenges and the expected role of the media to ensure a very successful World AIDS Day. The theme of this years’ commemoration is “Universal Access and Human Rights.”
The Director touched on the prevention of Mother – to - Child Treatment (PMTCT) which he said, the introduction of the free health care by the Government has helped immensely in reducing it. Dr. Kargbo dilated on blood safety which he said if not properly screened can lead to transmission of blood borne infection, of which HIV is one. As for condom, he said it has helped so much in the reduction of the rate of the pandemic. According to confirmed sources, thirty thousand people between the 26th November to the 2nd December 2010 will receive free HIV test and NAS also hope to distribute about five hundred thousand condoms all in a bid to help stabilize the spread of the virus.
The UNAIDS Country Coordinator, Madam Mulunesh Tennagashaw disclosed that for one to reach this height, it needed leadership to succeed. She revealed that getting the award should not only end there, but shows we should keep on working hard to achieve our goal. The award is like a staff of accolade that Sierra Leone is doing well in the fight against HIV and AIDS. A representative from the Network of HIV Positive NETHIPS also made salient statement.
ACTIVITIES PLAN FOR WORLD AIDS DAY 2010
24th November 2010 Press Briefing at NAS Conference room 2:00 pm
26th November 2010 Friday Prayers Rokupa Centre Mosque, Wellington, Reporting time 12:00 - Commencement of National Testing and Condom Distribution Campaign Country-Wide, Sites will be circulated to partners
28th November 2010 Sunday Prayers Nissi Ministry, 31 Victoria Street . Reporting time 9: 00 a.m. - Condom promotion campaign at Lumley beach, coordinated by CARE-SL commencing at 4:30 pm
29th , 30th November 2010 and 1st December 2010 – AIDS information Fair, Fore-Court of Miatta Conference Centre
30th November 2010 Candle light vigil, starting point-Electricity House at 5:30pm, converging at Fore-Court of Miatta Conference Centre
1st December 2010 Mass Rally, Starting at Victoria Park, to Fore- Court of Miatta Conference Centre.
2nd December 2010 End of Testing Campaign
SIMILAR ACTIVITIES ARE DONE AT DISTRICT LEVEL.