World AIDS Day commemorated

07 December 2017 | Health

Around a hundred community members of Kilimanjaro informal settlement and surrounding areas on Friday marched past Tobias Hainyeko market to the Maxwilili Kilimanjaro Community Hall to commemorate World AIDS Day (WAD), which is observed globally on 1 December each year.

The event was organised by the Namibia Red Cross Society (NRCS) and held under the theme, ‘The rights to health – strengthening cross-border collaboration in combating HIV and AIDS’.

Secretary General of NRCS Naemi Heita said the day is celebrated to take stock of the challenges faced by humanity because of HIV/AIDS, and to celebrate successful stories in supporting people affected by the pandemic.

She said Namibia joins the World Health Organisation and the rest of the world in the slogan ‘Everybody counts’, adding that people living with HIV should have access to safe, effective, quality and affordable medicines.

In her motivational speech Cornelia Hangula, who lives with HIV, encouraged people in attendance and those who are HIV positive, to live a positive life. “If you find out that you are positive, it is not the end of the world, but you must take care of yourself and take your medication.”

Hangula tested positive in 2000 and started receiving support from NRCS in 2008. She has also been running a support group in the Kilimanjaro settlement. - Nampa

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