Workshop on HIV/AIDS begins

Himalayan News Service

Kathmandu, June 14:

A five-day workshop to develop a Behaviour Change Communication (BCC) Strategy on HIV/AIDS for workplaces in Nepal, began here today. “The International Labour Organisation (ILO) HIV/AIDS workplace BCC programme is part of the comprehensive workplace effort to inform workers about HIV/AIDS, promote behaviour changes that will reduce the spread of the virus, reduce discrimination and support workers who are living with HIV/AIDS,” said Leyla Tegmo-Reddy, director of ILO. She urged all the stakeholders to join hands to achieve the shared goals of preventing the spread of HIV/AIDS in Nepal ensuring that workers are to be educated on HIV/AIDS and given access to appropriate preventive measures. Inaugurating the programme, Dr Bijaya Shrestha member of National Planning Commission highlighted on the need for behaviour change strategies to address the sensitive issue HIV/AIDS and prevention involves human behavioural aspects.