The Inquirer (Monrovia)

Liberia: LIWEN Wants World Aids Day Celebration Decentralize

The Liberian Women Empowerment Network(LIWEN) has called for the Decentralization of the celebration of World AIDS Day in the country.According to a release issued by LIWEN, comes the 1st of December every year, the World annually celebrates a remarkable event called World AIDS Day.

"This is a day set aside to showcase some of the activities that are taking place in the HIV and AIDS sector which include HIV counseling and testing, the offering of free optical services, free family planning services, the donation of blood, and organizing a discussion forum.

This forum invites speakers from different backgrounds to talk to the young people. This forum is also used to break the silence on the existence of the virus in our society by those who are healthily living with the virus. This is intended to encourage more people to do their HIV test and know their status. The day is also used to carry out massive campaign in communities by people living with HIV, mostly members of HIV and AIDS support groups," LIWEN said.

LIWEN said being the only network of women and adolescent girls in Liberia, it will like for the celebration of the day to be done in the fifteen political sub-divisions of Liberia.

LIWEN said it had noticed that the day is only celebrated in Montserrado and few of its surrounding counties, noting that there is a need to have this day celebrated in every county so that People Living With HIV(PLWHIV) in those counties can be afforded the opportunities just like their Monrovia counterparts.

"We are therefore calling on all our partners in the United Nations circle especially UNICEF who had been helping with this publication, UNAIDS, ActionAid Liberia who had been providing office space for the network since its formation in 2006, NACP, NAC and the Ministry of Health & Social welfares to give the needed support for the celebration in the fifteen counties," the LIWEN said.

"We are asking all our young people to form part of the weeklong celebration by taking advantage of the free services that will be available and also do their voluntary counseling and HIV test and if possible donate blood to the needed," the release signed by Cynthia G. Quaqua, LIWEN"s President concluded

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