AIDS conference in Afrikaans in the pipeline

Windhoek- Namibia (PANA) -- Namibian NGO, Catholic AIDS Action, is to host an AIDS conference in the Afrikaans language, the first of its kind in the country.
Organisers said Thursday the 31 August to 2 September meeting would bring together people living with HIV/AIDS and offer them an opportunity to share experiences.
It also seeks to empower infected people to deal more effectively with discrimination and stigma.
The conference, entitled "Living Positively with HIV/AIDS: a Conference of Hope in Afrikaans," is expected to attract some 250 Afrikaans-speaking participants from southern Namibia and South Africa.
Catholic AIDS Action said in a release that a similar conference is planned for Namibia's Erongo region in October, also in Afrikaans.
The programme for the conference includes testimonies by two people living with HIV, celebration of Mass and panel discussions.
AIDS is ravaging Africa with high prevalence rates in Southern African countries.

26 july 2001 21:17:00

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