The Inquirer (Monrovia)

28 November 2012

Liberia: Liwen Calls for Care and Support for PLWHIV

The Liberia Women Empowerment Network(LIWEN) has call for more care and support to People Living With HIV(PLWHIV).

LIWEN said care and support of PLWHIV is very important, noting that the kind of care and support given to a family member or love one will kill or give them long life and help them live healthy.

LIWEN said the organization wants for everyone to put their arms around people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHIV).

According to LIWEN, this will make people living with HIV to feel that they are useful to society and worth living and that they can still be a bread winner for their family.

LIWEN also call on PLWHIV to care for one another and also support each other whenever necessary as this will make outsiders to know that they are together.

LIWEN addressing peers in Nimba and Grand Gedeh county told PLWHIV to know their peers by name, exchange phone numbers and constant visit will bring PLWHIV together and make them stronger.

'We are therefore calling on the government of Liberia, U.N partners, Local NGOs especially UNICEF Liberia, Action Aid Liberia, UNDP, UNFPA, Kvinna till Kvinna (K T K ), UNAIDS and UN women to assist with logistic support to enable LIWEN reach out in the rural parts of the country," a LIWEN statement said.

The Liberian Women Empowerment Network (LIWEN), being the only network of women and adolescent girls in the country fifteen counties. The Liberian Women Empowerment Network (LIWEN) is a non-governmental, not for profit organization of women living with and affected by HIV and AIDS in Liberia. LIWEN envisions a Liberian society in which women and adolescent girls living with HIV and AIDS enjoy equal rights, opportunities and responsibilities regardless of their HIV status without discrimination of any kind against them.

LIWEN said when everyone is giving care and support for people living with HIV/AIDS, this will increased drugs adherence and people living with the virus will feel free to visit the hospital for their Antiretroviral Therapy (ART).

According to the Liberian Women Empowerment Network, HIV has no crisis. The only way HIV can be written on your face is when you refuse to accept, and start your medications sooner.

LIWEN thanked the Nurses and Doctors and said they are doing well and should improved in the area of confidentiality by showing love, care and support to PLWHIV.

"Together we can fight HIV/AIDS in Liberia. If we all show CARE and Support to people living with HIV/AIDS in Liberia is my strong believe that PWHIV will live positively and take their treatment to prolong their life in the fight against HIV/AIDS," LIWEN said.

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