Hiv/Aids Pandemic in Liberia

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Arthur Barclay Business College
Stella Maris Polytechnic St. Joseph Campus, Capitol Hill, Monrovia, Liberia

Course Title: English 201: Sophomore English I

Topic:

HIV/AIDS PANDEMIC: “Its Social Ramifications and Impacts on the Liberian Society”

Thesis:

Perhaps the most life-threatening, incurable but preventive disease to the human race is the HIV/AIDS Pandemic, and the awareness and understanding of its social ramifications and impacts on the Liberian society is paramount.

Prepared by:

Johnson S. N. Williams, ID#: 04576 Student, English 201, ø2 “In Partial Fulfilment for a required course for the A.A. Degree in Business Administration/Management”

Submitted to: Peter D. N. Duncan, MSc. Lecturer, English 201

Monday, January 4, 2010

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Contents Outline
I. Introduction ……………..……………………………………………..……………………3 II. HIV/AIDS PANDEMIC: “Its Social Ramifications and Impacts on the Liberian Society” …..4 Page

A. History and Facts …………………………………….………………………………………………….…..4 B. Stigmatization and Discrimination ……………...…….………………………..5 1. Education & Awareness Building 2. Testing & Voluntary Counselling C. Support Systems ……………………………………………..……………………..…5 1. Government of Liberia 2. United Nations Development Programme 3. United Nations Mission in Liberia 4. Other Philanthropic Actors D. Achievements / Progress …………………………………………..……………….6 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. Number Number Number Number Number Number Number of persons received testing and counselling ………………………………….6 of persons positive and eligible for Anti Retrovirus (ARV) drugs ... 6 of contraceptives and equipment distributed …………………………………6 of sexual transmitted infections diagnosed and treated …….…………6 of victims (deaths) and survivors (orphans). …………………………………7 of control centers setup in rural communities .………………………………7 or size of human capacity built ..……………………………………………………7

E. Spatial Distribution and statistical data on prevalence rate ………...…8 F. Challenges and Gap Analysis …………………………….………………………..8 1. Human resources capacity 2. Structural Institutions 3. Financial Capacity (i) Government of Liberia (ii) Development partners and agencies (iii) Philanthropic organizations III. Conclusion ……………………………………………………………………….………….10

IV. Exhibitions …...……………………………………………………………………..……..12 Exhibit 1: HIV Counselling and Testing Result ……………………. 12 Exhibit 2: Patients enrolled in HIV Care by facility ……………… 13 Exhibit 3: STI cases treated by county ……………………………….. 14 Exhibit 4: Map of HIV Activities in Liberia ……………………………. 15 V. Appendix A1: Approved Topic Presentation Form …………..…………… 16

VI. Bibliographical notes ……………………………………………………………………17

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I. INTRODUCTION
“A quarter of a century ago, the first positive case of HIV was diagnosed in Liberia at Curran Lutheran Hospital in Zorzor, Lofa County. Since then thousands of new infections have been identified, but have gone untreated appropriately. Identifying HIV positive individuals and not enrolling them in any care and treatment program almost guarantee continued transmission of the virus”1. This report is seeks to provide the latest information about the spread of the dreadful HIV/AIDS pandemic in Liberia. It encompasses data on all of the fifteen political subdivision of the country. Most of the information was obtained from reports and materials from the National AIDS and STIs Control Programme (NACP). The NACP is the national Secretariat established by the Liberian Government through the National HIV/AIDS Commission to execute implementation of programs. Although other materials were consulted as well, the Internet also contributed immensely to this report. The findings in this report are very alarming, and it requires everyone to act appropriately to reverse the situation, else it would be too late for the prosperity of our country. For this reason, I would...
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