Khartoum, 25th February 2008: Yesterday, over 50 key religious leaders from both the Christian and Muslim faiths joined together to fully endorse the first training curriculum. This module focuses on enabling religious figures to promote spiritual values of care and compassion for People Living with HIV/AIDS.
This event is the outcome of the first forum held in 2006 which brought together approximately 100 Christian and Muslim religious leaders to discuss their role in responding to HIV/AIDS in Sudan. The forum was organized by Sudan National AIDS Programme in collaboration with the Ministry of Guidance and Endowment. Consequently, the Ministry of Guidance and Endowment, committed itself to establishing an AIDS Council in the Ministry with the mandate to build the capacity of the religious leaders to effectively contribute to the HIV/AIDS response in Sudan.
Following this, religious
leaders and specialists gathered in a two day workshop last week to finalize
a training curriculum to build the capacity of religious leaders in responding
to HIV/AIDS in Sudan. Yesterday’s event came as a demonstration
of commitment from religious leaders and government officials to advocate
for the protection of the rights of people living with HIV/AIDS. The event
included speeches from key religious and governmental figures who expressed
their determination to support people living with HIV/AIDS.
Emphasizing that HIV/AIDS
is like any other disease and anyone is susceptible to it, Dr.
Hassan Abu Asha, Sate Minister of Health, said ” Nobody
is immune to any disease and we should all accept whatever comes our way,
we are all one family and are all vulnerable to this disease. “
He reiterated that HIV/AIDS is a reality and we should face it, and should
help and support people living with HIV/AIDS.
Mr. Alfatih Mukhtar Mohammed, Head of External Relations and Communication at the Ministry of Guidance and Endowment, stated that “religious leaders have access to all sectors of the society and this is why we highlight their important role in the fight against AIDS. Also reminding the audience of the universality of humanity, Mr. Mukhtar concluded that “an individual living with HIV/ AIDS is someone passing through an ordeal and who God wished to test; he is our brother and we should not discriminate against him.”
Speaking on behalf
of the Presidential Advisory for Authentication Affairs, Mr. Abubakr Chol
Deng, concluded the ceremony by commending the efforts of SNAP, The Ministry
of Guidance and Endowment, The Ministry of Health and the UNDP in responding
to HIV/AIDS in Sudan. He further asserted that the newly endorsed curriculum
will be used in all regions of the country.
For more information on the Ceremony please contact:
Dalia M. El Roubi,
Communications Analyst, UNDP Sudan, Mobile +249 012154652; Email email@example.com
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