By: Necus M. Andrews
The National AIDS Commission (NAC) in collaboration with National AIDS/STIs Control Program (NACP) of the Ministry of Health and partners will join the World today to commemorate this year’s World AIDS Day.
This year’s observance will take place in Kakata, Margibi County, under the Global Theme: “The Right to Health and a National Theme, Making Liberia HIV Free”.
World AIDS Day (WAD) is held on December 1 every year, and is about increasing awareness, fighting stigma, improving education, mobilizing resources and raising funds for the global response to HIV and AIDS
In Liberia, an estimated 43,000 people are said to be living with the virus, with government and international partners making effort to provide treatment for them.
Out of this number, 24,000 are women, 15,000 men and 4,000 children, with an annual death of 2,800.
Today’s event according to the National AIDS Commission will be occasioned by panel discussions by young people and remarks on how the country will ensure an AIDS free society.
According to the Commission, live voluntarily HIV counseling and testing to afford Liberians the opportunity to know their status will be a center of attraction during the program.
Liberia is among the rest of the world targeting the implementation of the global campaign, 90 90 90 to reduce the impact of HIV by 2030.
The goal details that by 2030, 90 percent of people living with HIV will know their HIV status; 90 percent of people who know their HIV status get on lifesaving treatment; and 90 percent of those on treatment will have a suppressed viral load.