“If we are to unite in the response to HIV, we have to share our stories, acknowledge our differences and decide how we will respond as individuals and as a community,” said Kevin Miles of the Oil Search Foundation. A World AIDS Day (WAD) lunch and learn session at Oil Search’s Port Moresby office focused on sharing personal stories about the impact of HIV on our own lives.
The Oil Search Health Foundation (OSHF) has been supporting Etep Rural Hospital in the Tewai-Siassi district of Morobe Province since March 2013 with providing HIV services to its community. On the night of 1 December 2013, Etep Rural Hospital held a candle light vigil for the very first time to commemorate World AIDS Day.
The Oil Search Health Foundation HIV Program has teams operating in several provinces and locations throughout Papua New Guinea. All teams were involved in organising awareness campaigns on 1 December 2013 for World AIDS Day. Below, a number of our HIV Program officers report on how they celebrated and commemorated World AIDS Day in PNG.
The 30th of November was no ordinary day for Hela province, and more specifically for Tari. It was the graduation day for the first batch of the Provider Initiated Counselling and Testing (PICT) training funded by the Global Fund through the Oil Search Health Foundation, as well as the commemoration of World AIDS Day.
World AIDS Day is one of the most globally recognised events of the year and observed on 1 December every year across the world. This day is dedicated to raise awareness about the issues surrounding HIV and AIDS, including the AIDS pandemic caused by the spread of HIV infection, groups at risk, stigma and discrimination, and the global challenge to get to zero new infection and AIDS related deaths by 2015.