HIV AIDS awareness lacking in PNG's Central Province

There is lack of HIV and AIDS awareness being carried out in Central Province, says Hiri district HIV and AIDS coordinator Josephine Koito.
Ms Koito said this was due to lack of funding and resources.
As the coordinator for the district, she felt responsible for hosting an awareness program on December 1 which coincides with the World AIDS Day.
For this reason, she has requested via letters for funding assistance to host this first-of-its-kind event within the newly established Vanapa-Brown local level government (LLG).
Coming to her aid, the Wican Concrete Limited (Ltd) and Yang Guang Ltd responded to this request and donated K1000 each towards the hosting of this program.
“These are business companies operating within this LLG and fortunately, they are the first to respond to our request and we are very thankful for that,” she said.
“As the coordinator of the district, I feel that it is my task to commemorate such programs to think of those loved ones who died from AIDS, People Living with HIV (PLHIV) and to those who do not know about this disease so they are aware of the dangers of it and how to prevent it in the long-run.”
According to Global AIDS Monitoring 2018 and UNAIDS 2018 Estimates, PNG has 48,000 people PLHIV, 26,000 women living with HIV, 3000 new HIV infections, 26,393 people on anti retroviral treatment, 34,580 people know their status and 1100 AIDS-related deaths.
The current status of HIV/AIDS, it is estimated over 48,000 people are living with HIV in PNG with just over 29,000 PLHIV currently taking the ART drug.
More than 2000 new infections reported in 2018 and with coverage of anti retroviral therapy improved from 25 per cent to 62 per cent.

The National

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