The Analyst (Monrovia)

Liberia: UN Care Reflects On HIV/AIDS Threat

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A one day retreat to discuss and seek out opportunities from United Nations staffers on the reduction of the increasing threat and danger HIV/AIDS poses is expected to take place in the country, with participants announcing their willingness to join efforts to end those fears and threats.

A document signed by Morris G. Wei, UN Care Program Coordinator, outlines that the one day retreat which will bring together staffs and participants from 11 UN agencies operating in Liberia will take place in Monrovia on Wednesday, May 30, 2012.

The one day retreat will also provide an opportunity for officials of the National AIDS Control Program and others HIV/AIDS organizations to discuss the necessary impact, benefits and awareness the UN Care Program package for UN Staffs and their families in raising those impact-driven information on the prevention of HIV/AIDS among UN staffs in Liberia.

The UN Care Program is designed to reduce the impact of HIV/AIDS on the UN work place by supporting “universal” access to comprehensive range of benefits for all UN personnel and their families.

According to the document drawn out for the one day retreat which has been summarized and cataloged as the UN Care 10  minimum standard include information and education, voluntary counseling and testing, access to male and female condoms, and emergency preventing measure to stop stigma in case of accidental exposure to stigma and discrimination.

The UN Care program was launched in Liberia on 31 July 2010, two years following its official launch by the UN Secretary General in 2008.

The document from the UN Care Program Coordinator office says the UN Secretary General April 30 2012report to the UN General Assembly emphasized the achieving targets of 2011 political declaration urging the international community to stand up to meet the commitment it has made in tackling HIV/AIDS through a together approach for a sustainable response to the HIV epidemic that has post global treat to human survival.

The UN Care Program Coordinator, Morris G. Wei noted that since the launch of the UN Care Program in Liberia two year ago, UN agencies and their staffs under the program have thought it wise to reflect on the important of the program and progress made so far in the implementation of the UN Care Program activities to catalog the challenges to make the program more workable among UN staffs in Liberia.

Presenters and facilitators at the one day retreat includes, Dr. Mohammed Kamara, David Chipanta, Isabel Crowley, Dellnot Gardiner, Sonpon Sieh, Dr. Ivan Camanor as well as the UN Care Program Coordinator, Morris G. Wei.

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