National AIDS Council

120,000 condoms donated

This comes as the country faces a shortage of supplies relating to combating the spread of HIV/AIDS.

The donation was made at the National AIDS Council Secretariat headquarters in Port Moresby in the presence of the US Ambassador to PNG, Catherine Ebert-Gray.

The 40 cartons of strawberry scented condoms and 120 cartons of water based lubricants were unloaded and placed in the NAC’s office.

Lack of funds, HIV increased: Officer

Chairman of the National AIDS Council, John Ipidari, said insufficient funding for the secretariat in the last 3 to 4 years hindered awareness and education activities.

However, the increase in cases prompted the government and donor agencies to respond accordingly.

He said the epidemic attacks everyone, irrespective of age and race.

Ipidari further pointed out that socialising responsibly is the first step to protecting yourself from the epidemic.

New National Aids Council members sworn in

The immediate brief swearing in ceremony of the new council gave legitimacy to the convening of an urgent meeting which was held after the signing of their oaths. 

According to the NAC Chairman, John Ipidari, the special meeting was purposely to discuss urgent matters which have been affecting the operations of the organisation for the past several months in the absence of a Council and a director.