Our distinguished Rivers people, welcome to another episode of RivEthics on Radio, our character-building weekend show. Please remember that health is wealth and happiness. Don’t jeorpardise your health. This episode is in commemoration of the United Nations World Aids Day, which came up on December 1.
World AIDS Day has become one of the most recognized international health days and a key opportunity to raise awareness, commemorate those who have passed on, and celebrate victories, such as increased access to treatment and prevention services.
Since the first cases of HIV were reported more than 35 years ago, 78 million people have become infected with HIV and 35 million have died from AIDS-related illnesses globally. Ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030, as declared in the Sustainable Development Goals, will require a continuous collaborative effort. The United Nations, Governments, civil society and other partners have been working together to scale up access to health services and to reduce new HIV infections. Globally, more than 23 million people living with HIV were receiving treatment in 2018.
Communities around the world are at the heart of this response―helping people to claim their rights, promoting access to stigma-free health and social services, ensuring that services reach the most vulnerable and marginalized, and pressing to change laws that discriminate. As the theme of this year’s observance rightly highlights, communities make the difference.
Yet unmet needs remain. A record 38 million people are living with HIV and more than ever we need to harness the role of community-led organizations that advocate for their peers, deliver HIV services, defend human rights and provide support.
Where communities are engaged, change happens, investment lead to results, and we see equality, respect and dignity. Truly, with communities, we can deal a final blow on the AIDS pandemic.
Our guest speaker today is Dr. Nera Kadiri – Eneh, a consultant public health physician. She will be throwing more light on the topic. Please enjoy the episode.
Our kind Rivers people, don’t forget to always let your manners speak for you.
God bless and keep you and your families. And God bless Rivers State.
Our good people of Rivers State, don’t forget to always let your manners speak for you.
God bless and keep you and your families and God bless Rivers State.
You can also listen to and download the Pidgin English version of this Episode below