Liberia Launches First HIV and AIDS Media Guide

In an effort to positively response to HIV and other illnesses, thus reducing stigma and discrimination associated with the virus, the Anti-AIDS Media Network (AAMIN) in collaboration with the Press Union of Liberia (PUL), the National AIDS Commission (NAC), the National AIDS/STIs Control Program (NACP) of the Ministry of Health and the Liberia Coordinating Mechanism (LCM) of the Global Fund;  with support from the United Nations Joint Program on HIV and AIDS will today, April 23, 2015, launch Liberia’s first HIV and AIDS Media Guide developed.

The Guide serves as a quick reference for journalists and media practitioners to strengthen their capacity for accurate, balanced and credible HIV and AIDS reporting. The Media Guide consists of three chapters, with several sub-topics and appendixes. Chapter one and two focus on: HIV Epidemic and Response in Liberia and The Role of the Media in the National HIV Response respectively; while, Chapter Three provides:  Strategies for Effective Media Engagement  

Liberia’s Information Minister, Hon. Lewis G. Brown is expected to officially launch the Media Guide.  In addition, more than 40 representatives of the government, media, health, civil society, religious and traditional communities are expected to witness the Launch of the media guide.

Meanwhile, the launch of the media guide will coincide with a two-day training on mitigating the impact of stigma and discrimination associated with People living with HIV and Ebola survivors, as well as, an HIV and TB prioritization dialogue targeting 30 journalists.

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