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[afro-nets] PLHIV Charter for HIV Care - Write Your Rights!
- From: "Celina Menezes D'Costa" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Date: Fri, 3 Jul 2009 16:01:34 +0100 (BST)
It has been 28 years since the first HIV case was detected globally. Many thought initially that it won't affect them. It did. Work on HIV is now in full swing by Governments, NGOs, PLHIV, private institutions and bilateral agencies. A huge amount has been spent on programmes, poured from top down, but it does not reach many many people on the ground who face the realities. Even though things have changed some for the better, it is too slow and for too few. The prevalence of HIV infection keeps increasing and stigma and discrimination to those living with HIV is a non stop. In many cases access to care is been denied to PLHIV due to ignorance, and lack of political will by the people in power.
The WORLD AIDS DAY 2009 theme is ?Universal Access and Human Rights?. Good theme. But what does it mean to PLHIV? What is the meaning of the term 'human rights' for specially women and children with no food in stomach along with violence, widowhood, single parenthood with no income, illiteracy and lack of skills to find a decent job, in presence of stigma and discrimination from all front to receive treatment, care and support. Let these people say what human rights and access must mean to everyone. PLHIV must say it loud and clear.
Together, we are drafting a global Charter of rights and responsibilities by and for PLHIV, which will be launched on WORLD AIDS DAY 2009. International agencies, national governments and civil society will be approached for endorsement, and together, from many communities, we will mobilise for implementing our rights.
The PLHIV Charter for HIV Care is everyone's tool, made by PLHIV, to make our rights and responsibilities the ground for how we and our providers must work together with mutual respect. It's our 'human rights'. Involvement of PLHIV in HIV Care will be meaningful only when we write our rights and responsibilities, and after, we advocate strongly and get implementation. We PLHIV need to decide how we should be cared for and what are our duties. If we write our rights we own our rights and that give us the power to use them for better care. Go to http://www.worldcarecouncil.org/node/13
>From the bottom up, PLHIV everywhere, Get up, Stand up, Write your Rights. Don?t mourn, don?t moan, just speak up now!
Celina Menezes D'Costa