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SILRAN Roll Out HIV/AIDS Handbook in Freetown
The Sierra Leone Inter-Religious AIDS Network (SLIRAN) in collaboration with the National AIDS Secretariat (NAS), with support from AIDS Health Care Foundation (AHF) has engages both Christians and Muslims representative from different community the use of the newly launch hand book title: ‘Handbook with religious messages on HIV/AIDS”, at the John Street in Freetown.
Welcoming all present, the National Coordinator of SLIRAN Madam Joyce W. Abu underscored the importance of bringing the two religions together to talk on HIV/AIDS and the role they are playing in adding value to the national HIV/AIDS response in the country.
She explained in detailed the objective of the network and how they have gone so far in coordinating their mandate and responsibility. She encourage all present to be part of the network and contribute positively will transform not only the sustainability of the network but also improve on the lives of people living with HIV/AIDS.
She commended the entire team of SLIRAN for their hard work and the various partners in supporting them especially AHF, NAS, UNAIDS, NETHIPS CAFOD, Focus 1000 among others.
in her opening remarks, the Chairman of SLIRAN) who doubles as chairman of the ceremony Sheik Alhassan Kargbo explained in detailed the meaning of SLIRAN , adding that is an off shot of Sierra Leone Inter-religious Council. He said this was to harmonize AIDS response. He said their focus is to coordinates, provide oversight of activities of inter -religious people relating to HIV/AID. He uses the forum to commend the National Coordinator of SLIRAN Madam Joyce W. Abu for what he described as job well done since she took up the mantle as coordinator.
He recalled that the book spokes on HIV/AIDS prevalence, counseling, stigma and discrimination, treatment and the role of religious lenders in general. He said the rolling out of the book has been done in Bo Makeni, Kenema and now Freetown in a bid to popularize the book and raise more awareness on HIV/AIDS. He said the significance of the book was to get feedback from the stakeholder and to make valuable input for future publication.
In his statement, the representative from AHF Batalomy Kamara give a brief history of their organization and said that they are the biggest organization that provides support to HIV/AIDS national and internationally. He explained their scope of their organization and their operations. He said the fight against HIV/AIDS is not a one man business.
He said their goal is to get 20m million people by 2020 globally. He describe the religious leaders the biggest stakeholder in the response adding that with the book he believe it will be roll out accordingly. He called on us all to be part of the process in ensuring that the book reach to the last person.
Speaking on behalf of inter ISLAG, Haja Alimatu Abdullah said the inter-religious council is the mother for SLIRAN.
She said the SLIRAN is working in the interest of the people since they constituency consist of 99% of the population. He pointed the role play by religious people under CHRISTAG and ISLAG during Ebola.
Other speakers includes representative UNAIDS, CAFOD while the Rev Sutton Koroma also made significance contribution.