More than 37, 000 persons infected with HIV/AIDS in Liberia

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The United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS or UNAIDS has released a disquieting report on the increasing wave of HIV/AIDS in Liberia.

UNAIDS is leading the global effort to end AIDS as a public health threat by 2030 as part of the Sustainable Development Goals.

UNAIDS Country Director, Madam Miriam Chipimo said currently, there are more than thirty seven thousand people living with HIV/AIDS in Liberia and only fourteen thousand of them are aware of their status.

The UN special representative on HIV/AIDS said about 1,200 HIV/AIDS cases are reported ever year across Liberia.

It is also reported that the key populations most affected by HIV in Liberia are gay men with an HIV prevalence of 19.8% and people who inject drugs, with an HIV prevalence of 3.9%.

Madam Chipimo stressed the need for national government to invest in the provision of surveillance drugs (antiretroviral therapy) to victims of the virus.

She spoke over weekend at a daylong National Stakeholders Consultative Dialogue on the role of the church in the health sector in Monrovia.

The Liberia Council of Churches (LCC) organized the event.

Making remarks, the Secretary General of LCC, Rev. Christopher Toe said the only way the Council can successfully contribute to the country’s health sector is through proper coordination, engagement between stakeholders and the LCC.

Rev. Toe however outlined among several challenges faced by the LCC, lack of funding, manpower, medical equipment and facilities as impediments to the effectiveness and sustainability of adequate health care delivery services.

The stakeholders meeting brought together members and executives of the LCC as well as officials of the UN including the UNAIDS and other national and International organizations.