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World AIDS Day Celebrated In Somaliland
Hargeysa, December 2, 2006 (SL Times) – Ministry of Culture, Ministry of Youth and Sports, UNAIDS, Somaliland National HIV/AIDS (SOLNAC), ururka Bisha Cas (SRCS) and SAHAN Network has hosted this Year’s World Aids day Somaliland.
World Vision Project, Home based care for orphans, Vulnerable Children (OVC) and HIV/AIDS prevention and Empowerment (H.O.P.E projects) has helped spearhead initiatives to prevent and control the spread of HIV/AIDS in Somaliland.
The overall goal of the project is to mitigate and reduce the impact and spread of HIV/AIDS on OVC living in highly destabilized areas of Somaliland.
World Vision aims to increase the capability youths and adults in Somaliland to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS, improve the quality of life OVC and youth effected by HIV/AIDS to the level of fundamental basic needs in Somaliland.
The projects hopes the key policy making groups and communities in targeted local societies in Somaliland support and disseminate programs that contribute to minimizing the spread of HIV/AIDS and maximizing care for children living with or affected by HIV/AIDS.
Further, World Vision hopes for increase in the capacity of Civil Society structures, particularly local partners and community care coalitions (CCS), to respond more adequately to the HIV/ADIS pandemic in Somaliland.
In the past project has conducted various training. One of the recent psychosocial training equipped participants in identifying psychosocial issues related to traumatic events. The training also highlighted evaluation skills to recognize signs and symptoms of psychosocial trauma. It finally provided tools for suitable care to communities at high risk for psychosocial effects.
H.O.P.E. a five year HIV/AIDS project, which focuses on HIV/AIDS prevention, care and advocacy and employs the partnership approach. World Vision Somalia is also partnering with several local NGOS who specialize in implementation of HIV/AIDS projects.
In a ceremony linked to the World AIDS day was held last night at Mansoor Hotel Hargeysa, participated by a number of Somaliland Ministries, has been spoken by the Deputy Minister of Justice Yusuf Isse Talabo, and the Chairman of SOLNAC.
The Justice Deputy Minister Talabo, who was speaking about the HIV/AIDS days, has criticized the UNAIDS that they held the ceremony in a village in Nairobi Kenya, instead of Hargeysa.
Also Ubax Social & Welfare Organization, local NGO held a ceremony about the World Aids day in Daami Village of Hargeysa, yesterday.
The Chairman of Ubax organization Abdillahi Hassan Digaale Told Somaliland times that they chosen Daami village of Hargeysa, since it is the residence of the Somaliland minorities, and most of the time they don’t have the access to the information of HIV/AIDS awareness campaigns.
“The program has been funded by the Global Fund Oxform (NOVIB).
Source: Somaliland Times