Yesterday the entire populace celebrated World Aids Day under the theme “Getting to Zero: Zero new HIV infections. Zero discrimination. Zero AIDS-related deaths.”
Worldwide the primary focus was to break the stigma barrier and here in Belize activities took place country wide to reach that aim. One of those activities was carried out by the National Aids Commission Country Commitment Mechanism in Corozal and it came in the form of a student’s forum. At the end of the forum the organization hosted a lantern lifting ceremony at Miami Beach. According to Clemente Novelo, Chairman of NAC, the activity was organized in remembrance of those who have fallen to the deadly HIV virus and as a symbol of solidarity for those battling the disease and face discrimination.
Clemente Novelo – Chairman NAC/CCM
“We want to bring across the message of reducing stigma and discrimination especially when it comes to our members, to our colleagues our families, it is time to stop discrimination, It is time to do another turn and the NACCM along with the ministry of health we have engaged, and we have embarked to reducing stigma and discrimination.”
This is the first time that an official lifting of lanterns is being carried out in Corozal to observe World AIDS day.A
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