Nov 5, 2010

Stigma, Discrimination and Ignorance Persist in the Fight to Combat HIV

AUTHOR:IRIN NEWSSOURCE:IRIN NEWS

In a region already plagued by horrific violence, continued struggles to effectively treat and prevent HIV are all the more tragic. This article shows how the stigma attached to HIV in Darfur continues to keep people from seeking testing and treatment in their own towns. Instead, people with HIV-positive diagnoses travel to healthcare centers many miles away, in order not to be recognized by their neighbors. They are afraid of being shunned by their families and communities. Another huge problem is the lack of knowledge about HIV prevention in almost half of Darfur’s female population. Some progress has been made through government- and NGO-run educational initiatives, but much more work has to be done. Life for Mothers knows how important the eradication of stigmas is to effectively preventing and treating HIV. Through Life For Mothers' (LFM) training, outreach, and counseling programs, we hope to work towards creating supportive and understanding environments for care. in rural Uganda and eventually through the country. Here is the link to the article: http://www.plusnews.org/Report.aspx?ReportId=90758

Did you know?

Children who have lost their mothers are up to 10 times more likely to die prematurely than those who have not.

Source:United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), 2010


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