President Sirleaf Declares December 1 World AIDS Day

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The President of the Republic of Liberia, Her Excellency Madam Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has by Proclamation declared Friday, December 1, 2017 World AIDS Day to be observed as a Working Holiday.
A Foreign Ministry release says the Presidential Proclamation is in recognition of the immense contributions of the United Nations to combat HIV and AIDS.
The release further notes that it is in line with the principles embodied in the policies of the Liberian Government as adopted in accordance with those recommended by the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Joint Program on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS) to educate and keep the Liberian people aware of the threat of AIDS.
UNAIDS designated the First Day of December of each year as World AIDS Day with an urge to all member countries to execute relevant and appropriate awareness programs in observance of the day.
According to the Proclamation, this year’s event will be celebrated under the global Theme: “The Right to Health” with its national Theme: “Making Liberia HIV Free”.
President Johnson Sirleaf therefore calls upon all ministries, agencies, local and international organizations and the general public to join the Ministry of Health and Social Welfare to organize and execute appropriate programs befitting the occasion.
The Proclamation then adds that since the diagnosis of AIDS in 1981, the pandemic has continued to pose a serious problem and threat to the health and wellbeing of the human race with the people of Liberia being no exception.

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