Freedom means a lot of things to many people, health is one

2018-05-03 06:00

We cannot our freedom if we do not have a good health system for our citizens.

Time was when in South Africa that if you were diagnosed as being HIV/Aids positive was regarded as a sin and you were accused of being a loose person.

The stigma attached to this led to many people being fearful to disclose their status, for fear of persecution and discrimination.

Those who were known or accused of being positive were stripped of their human rights and freedom. Being HIV positive became harder than being black under apartheid.

Many foundations and human rights movements, including the United Nations set aside lots of US dollars to empower and educate people about the epidemic.

When they saw that lots of people were aware of the existence of the epidemic, the funding stopped.

If the truth be told, many people who have the virus are still being victimized.

We are thankful to organizations such the National Aids Council of S.A, who still stand with and provide local organisations accredited training and the tools needed to fight this deadly disease.

The organisation also teaches them how to source funding from donors.

The fact is that HIV/Aids is still here and millions of people are infected and affected by it every day. Condom distribution is not sufficient. People still need to be educated.

For all of us to be really free, we need to know that being HIV positive does not render one less of a human being.

It’s a disease like any other. People with the virus must not be given different colour folders in clinics.

Andile Qolo Nyanga

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