Thursday 20 September, 2018

Gov't, NGOs partner to raise awareness for World Aids Day

Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister, Ayanna Webster Roy (right) undergoes HIV testing as Health Minister Terrance Deyalsingh (centre) looks on.

Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister, Ayanna Webster Roy (right) undergoes HIV testing as Health Minister Terrance Deyalsingh (centre) looks on.

In commemoration of World AIDS Day 2017, members of the public were treated to a day of activities which included a Health Fair, free HIV Testing and the formation of a symbolic Red Human Ribbon at the International Waterfront Centre followed by a march to the Brian Lara Promenade where a formal ceremony was held. 

The event was a collaboration between the Office of the Prime Minister, the Ministry of Health and various NGOs under the theme ‘My Health, My Right’.

The formal proceedings featured addresses by the Chair of the National AIDS Coordinating Committee, Heather Rodney, Minister of State in the Office of the Prime Minister, Ayanna Webster-Roy and Health Minister Terrance Deyalsingh.

Throughout 2017 the National AIDS Coordinating Committee (NACC) successfully conducted numerous workshops, seminars and studies to sensitize, train and empower members of the public as well as persons working within the field of HIV. It has been instrumental in the development and implementation of HIV-related policies that would ensure the acknowledgement of and respect for the rights of persons living with or affected by HIV.