In order to sensitize community leaders to internalize the fact that HIV&AIDS has a multi sectoral dimension and is more than just a health issue, MITRA Samaj, in support from Save the Children, conducted community level sensitization and advocacy workshops in a total of 15 districts between November 13 till December 6.
Overview of global and national HIV&AIDS responses, district specific situations, detail introduction to HIV&AIDS, prevention and strategies to reduce stigma and discrimination against PLHIV (People Living with HIV) and roles and responsibilities of community leaders against HIV&AIDS were primary topics discussed during the Community Level Sensitization and Advocacy Workshop on HIV & AIDS to Community Leaders.
Sambhu Karki, one of the participants who represented B.P. Koirala Institute of Health Sciences said, Â The workshop helped a lot in creating awareness about HIV&AIDS among community leaders and educating them about ways of its prevention.
Anil Poudyal, Program Manager of MITRA Samaj who facilitated few sessions of the workshops says, General people lacks complete information about HIV&AIDS and ways of prevention and believe that unsafe sexual practices are the only mode of HIV transmission.
Individuals including NGO representatives, social workers, political leaders, government watchdogs, media persons, police officials, school principals and other intellectual individuals from different dimension of walks attended the workshop.
The workshops were conducted in various districts including Baglung, Bhaktapur, Chitwan, Jhapa, Kanchanpur, Kaski, Kathmandu, Kavre, Lalitpur, Makwanpur, Morang, Nawalparasi, Saptari, Sindhupalchowk and Sunsari.
The workshops turned to be very educative and meaningful as the participants realized the contents to be very new.