War Spreads HIV/AIDS In Liberia

By: C. Winnie Saywah

The Inquirer
Monrovia, Liberia

Distributed by The Perspective
Atlanta, Georgia

April 24, 2003

The Executive Director of the Organization for Children and Adolescent Mothers (OCAM), Cllr. Lois Lewis Bruthus says war and poverty are responsible for the rapid spread of the deadly disease AIDS in the society.

Cllr. Bruthus made the assertion at a United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) sponsored HIV/AIDS workshop held in Margibi and Bong counties respectively.

According to OCAM's Executive Director, youths nowadays have nothing to enjoy nor account for except their lives because they have been exposed to war and abject poverty.

The workshop which drew together over 200 participants in each county used OCAM’s villages in Dwazohn, Margibi and one of Miamu Displaced Centers in Bong counties.

Giving an overview of the workshop, Cllr. Bruthus urged the participants to create empathy for conditions of youths who are HIV/AIDS positive and that will rescue the future of their children and the unborn generations.

Deliberating on the topic: "Developing Positive Attitude Towards AIDS Victims", Professor Sonkarlay Beaie; Nurse Mary Gargannah and Esther Gargannah, OCAM’s Reproductive Health Officer, both of whom were trained by OCAM at a 12-day Trainer of Trainers Workshop sponsored by UNFPA last August, stressed that participants must remember to keep the rules on how to live with the AIDS victims in order to help prolong their lives.

Facilitators at the workshop held in Bong were certified midwives, Sarah Duma, Theresa Morris and OCAM’s staff, Mr. William Tamba.

They also shared the negative and positive aspects of ones’ attitude towards AIDS victims.

The UNFPA sponsored workshop, which is being implemented by OCAM is aimed at facilitating the distribution of Reproductive Health Commodities, and the Reproductive Health Education to adolescents.

The separate workshops in Bong and Margibi counties took place on Wednesday April 16 and Saturday, April 18 respectively, while the last in the series of HIV/AIDS, "Developing Positive Attitude Toward AIDS Victims" workshop is expected to take place at the Christian Association of the Blind (CAB) soon.

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