Data On HIV/Aids Queried

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kenya Recent data by the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV and Aids (UNAids) on the decline of infections may have been inaccurate, a workshop was told.

It was noted that many Kenyans do not fight the scourge either due to religious reasons or cultural practices and beliefs.

The National Muslim Council of Women of Kenya (NMCWK) chairperson, Ms Nazlin Omar, said her organisation was training Muslim leaders on attitude change of the Muslim community.

"I encourage support group leaders to take a lead in breaking the silence, live proudly and be passionate about helping those infected and affected," she said adding that more than 10,000 leaders in the country have come out to openly tackle the scourge.

Omar said the training would run for 18 months and will mainly focus on understanding HIV/Aids and the management of opportunistic diseases.

She appealed to donors to directly fund HIV and Aids projects instead of doing it through the Government. The training workshop, which is in its second phase, has been funded by USAid and has taken place in Nairobi and Nyanza Province.

The project covers 52 districts. The National Muslim Council of Kenya chairperson, Sheikh Mohammed Mbwana said the training programs were breaking stigma walls that the Muslim faithful have about the scourge.

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