Estrela+ implements three strategies of advocacy to prevent HIV/AIDS

Estrela+ implements three strategies of advocacy to prevent HIV/AIDS

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DILI, 25 january 2023 (TATOLI)- The director of Estrega+, Inés Lopes said, the Estrela+ organization is working on providing advocacy on the prevention of HIV/AIDS.

According to Lopes, the advocacy was given by Estrela+ regarding stigma and discrimination against affected people and it is the main key to the prevention and elimination of HIV transmission.

“At one point of this, Estrela+ focused on three main strategies which are Providing advocacy to the affected people on comprehensive on life in a positive way, understanding the way of treatment and their right as human been, the second strategy is to engage the laws for the prevention of stigma and discrimination which against human rights, Lastly, strategy is involving all entities, such as religious involvement most in a corporation with Catholic Church,’’ The director of Estrela+, Inés Lopes told TATOLI in an inclusive interview, in Farol, this wednesday.

With these advocacy strategies, Lopes said Estrela also worked with peer members according to Estrela’s vision to approach the patients in target municipalities to provide counseling and bring courage to them for checkups and treatment.

“Prior to check-up and identified affected people, Estrela guide them to the health facility for more treatment,”

In addition, Estra+ takes importance to helping the community to understand and ensure the privacy status of affected people.

“It is important to ensure the privacy status to avoid the other consequence as the affected person take any risk on desperation and take any self-decision for suicide,’’ She explained.

According to Lopes, helping others who suffered from HIV/AIDS is a common responsibility for everyone, therefore, it requires support from Government, communities and relevant organizations, Partners, churches, and others.

“To ensure this activity is going well Estrela cooperate with the Minister of Health (MoH), Global Fund, UNFPA, Maluk Timor, PHRJ, Bairopite Clinic, Caritas Dili, and others to provide financial support, human resource, logistic items, and others to support the advocacy implementation in five target municipalities such as DILI, Bononaro, Baucau, Covalima, and RAEOA,” she explained.

So far, Estrela shares the information that HIV is caused by unhealthy sexual activity and even proper or unsterile infection and it is required to avoid this issue.

The first case of HIV in Timor-Leste was reported in 2003 with an estimated HIV prevalence rate of approximately 0.1845% of adults aged 15-49 as of 2011 (Timor-Leste National HIV and STI Strategy 2011-2016), while the prevention was done by the Government and Partners in 2005. 

This transmission rate exceeds that projected by the HIV Epidemiological Model and Impact Study in 2005 (UNGASS Report).

While in 2003 to 2022  Data from the Ministry of Health showed that 2.776 people were diagnosed with HIV cases in Timor-Leste and since one the years 2021 to 2022 detected 250 new cases.

Sentinel surveillance from 2010 suggests that the incidence of HIV in Timor-Leste is increasing with heterosexual transmission outside identified most-at-risk populations being higher than predicted (HIV and AIDS Data Hub for Asia-Pacific 2011 Asia Pacific Country Reviews: Timor Leste at a glance). 


Journalist: José Belarmino De Sá

Editor: Nelia B.


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