HIV/AIDS activists hailed

She was speaking shortly after a meeting with representatives of the Associations of Good Will Activists in the Fight Against HIV/AIDS, who presented to her a proposal for them to work hand in hand with community leaders at provincial level as a means to make more visible all actions towards prevention and mitigation of the disease within the communities.

“We feel encouraged because we are dealing with people who know how to deal with the Mozambican population, those who know their people and their socio-cultural habits, and know how they live, and are the most appropriate persons to advance in that direction,” said Diogo.

She noted that the knowledge that those women have of the socio-economic reality of their communities allows them to lead the process, and their knowledge of the sexuality in the country will allow the “Mozambicanization” of the messages on the disease.

During his “Open presidency” tour of the country, Mozambican President Armando Guebuza defended the “Mozambicanization” of the messages on the dangers of the pandemic, that affects about 16.2 percent of the sexually active population.

In her speech, Diogo recalled that the country’s Strategic Plan II establishes seven components in the fight against HIV/AIDS, which include prevention, advocacy, treatment, mitigation, research, cooperation and coordination. But for Diogo three of them, namely prevention, treatement, and mitigation, are particularly important.

She explained that with prevention, one can guarantee that people not yet infected stay far from the virus, but it also allows the infected ones to be aware of their health state and assume more positive options of life towards their families, the community and the country. The same component, she added, will also allow the infected people to take a positive action towards treatment and nutrition, so that they continue contributing to the society and progress in their lives.

On treatment, Diogo said that this is particularly important because it is related to prevention since, when a person becomes aware that he/she is infected with the HIV virus, they should take decisions to prevent others from becoming contaminated.

“The matter of treatment is essential, even because it allows the country to continue production, and people may continue contributing to the development of the country,” she said.

On mitigation, Diogo said that it allows some affected people to continue participating in the development of the country and their families. In this universe one can count the infected people, adults and young people, and even orphaned children, because they are all affected by the HIV/AIDS. ‘ Zanis/Aim.

August 2006
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