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30 Journalists Sensitised on HIV, Gender

Jul 20, 2009, 6:21 AM | Article By: Sainey M.K. Marenah

At least 30 journalists drawn from various media outlets over the weekend benefited from a day-long sensitisation workshop on gender and HIV.

Organised by the Gambia Network of Aids, with support from the GAMNASS, the workshop, among others, aimed at updating the media fraternity on current information about HIV and gender, with special emphasis on the role media play with regards to the scourges of HIV/AIDs.

GAMNASS seeks to create a viable and supportive environment for effective involvement and participation of people living with HIV/AIDs, with a view to reducing stigma and protect all from injustice.

In her opening remarks, Mrs. Fatima Gai, the President of GAMNASS, said GAMNASS is a member of the West African Network of people living with HIV/AIDs, as well as international organisations like ITPC in women where she represents The Gambia.

According to her, the workshop is aimed at equipping journalists on current situations of HIV and gender related issues. She stated that the expected outcomes were to enable media practitioners to enlighten the masses about the disease in order to publish clear messages regarding HIV/AIDs.

She urged members of the media fraternity to continue to support GAMNASS in reducing the prevalence of HIV and aids pandemic in The Gambia and beyond.

Presenting a paper on 'Why Gender and HIV', Mrs. Haddy Mboge revealed that "the impact of HIV/AIDs differ along gender lines", saying that they have implications for care treatment and a coping mechanism, including addressing the needs of AIDs orphans. He added that tackling the AIDs pandemic is fundamentally about behavioral change.

She said Africa has a disproportionately high number of HIV/AIDs orphans.

Mr. Muhammed L. Barry also presented a paper on basic facts about HIV/AIDs, while Mrs. Fatou M. Jatta presented a paper on violence against women in the perspective of women living with HIV and violence against women.