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HARA ends meeting with journalists

HARA ends meeting with journalists

HIV/Aids Reporters’ Association (HARA) in collaboration with National AIDS Secretariat and UNAIDS ended a one day consultative meeting at the YMCA hall November 29th on the impact of Aids pandemic on families, communities and the economy as commonly acknowledged by scientists, the media and politicians.

In his opening remarks, Mr. Bockarie Samba, who doubles as project Director of UN-Aids Sierra Leone said they are happy with HARA for collaborating with different HIV/Aids organisations to help disseminate the information to the local people.

He further said that more than 25 years AIDS has been killing almost 6000 people every day and more than 2 out of 3 HIV positive people still lack access to treatment, care and support. He therefore encouraged HARA to sensitize Sierra Leoneans to take their treatment serious.

He outline the national strategic plan for 2011-2015 which he said are coordination,/research mobilization and decentralized response, police advocacy and human rights, prevention of new infections.

That with HARA they are sure to meet their goals on the treatment, care and support for people living with HIV.

The Deputy Director National Aids Secretariat, Mr. Abu Ballan Sesay in his statement appreciates the journalists for disseminating information on seminas and workshops held by the secretariat and appealed HARA to go beyond their coverage particularly in the provinces and other areas and meet with affected people.

Adding they are always ready and willing to support.

By Mary I. Kamara

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