National Aids Council Secretariat

AIDS Secretariat backs Tusbab Stallions

NACS Advocacy and mobilisation manager, Valentine Tangoh, when presenting the jerseys said the organisation is proud to have Tusbab Stallions on board as one of its partners in spreading the information on HIV and advocating for gender equality.

Tangoh said this is a young club and they are proud to invest in its development.

“Our statistics indicated that more young people, aged between 15 and 40, are infected by HIV and that is the active age group which you are in,” Tangoh said.

PNG Games: AIDS council conducts awareness

With the assistance of former WNB Provincial AIDS Committee (PAC), stalls for awareness and free HIV testing were set up.

Other health and social awareness include the PNG Cancer Foundation awareness and a new local organisation called the Male Advocacy Network (MAN), which promotes a fair, safe, healthy and wiser, violence-free community.

This initiative sets out to encourage men to step up and address violence by changing their attitude towards girls and women, beginning from their own home.

HIV risk higher: Women with violent partners

This was revealed by the regional manager for the National AIDS Council Secretariat, Valentine Tangoh.

He said violent men tend to have multiple sexual partners and do not often use condoms.

“Gender-based violence is a major driver of HIV in women. It affects the ability of women and girls to protect themselves from HIV or prevent unintended pregnancies or access HIV preventing services,” said Tangoh.

He stated that the traditional perception of masculinity enables and openly encourages men to dominate sexual decision-making.

Why you need to know of ‘key populations’

The National AIDS Council Secretariat, in partnership with Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), held a media sensitisation workshop to sensitise the media about reporting issues affecting key populations in communities.

Key populations include people living with HIV. In most settings, this refers to men who have sex with men, transgender persons, people who inject drugs and sex workers. These people are more exposed to HIV than others.

​PNG tops Pacific's HIV prevalence list

It is also estimated that there are 47,795 people living with HIV (PLHIV) in PNG.

Of these, 2,800 people are estimated to suffer new infections for this year alone (2017), of which one quarter are children and young people.

Regional manager for the National AIDS Council Secretariat, Valentine Tangoh, stated this during the Media Sensitisation Workshop in Port Moresby yesterday.

Media sensitisation workshop hosted

The purpose of the workshop is to aid the media, in partnership with civil society organisations, to report sensitive issues affecting key populations in communities.

Government must increase funding to support programs

This was stressed yesterday by Cardinal Sir John Ribat at the opening of the first ever HIV Summit for PNG Christian Leaders Alliance on HIV and AIDS at the Stanley Hotel.

Cardinal Ribat said the PNG Christian Leaders Alliance on HIV and AIDS is an association of heads of churches who have joined forces to demonstrate their leadership support and commitment towards addressing root causes of HIV.

“This includes other related issues or cross cutting issues in PNG,” he said.