Community advocates rights for women living with HIV/AIDS in West Africa


Campaign for women living with HIV/AIDS

By Ikenna Osuoha

Community of Women Living with HIV/AIDS in West Africa (COWLHIWA) has advocated for rights of women living with the virus in the region.

President of the community, Astou Diop, made the group’s position known  in a statement in Abuja on Friday.

Diop stated that a meaningful engagement of women and adolescent girls living with HIV in planning, implementation and monitoring of programmes toward checking the spread of the scourge would guarantee women’s right to health.

She urged governments at all levels in West Africa to fulfill the highest attainable standard of health for all citizens, especially women living with HIV.

She noted that governments should ensure that women were consulted to make informed decisions and choice of preference with respect to Anti Retroviral (ARV) regimen.

She added that “governments should also ensure that all HIV/AIDS and sexual and reproductive health services are free, accessible…

Source: News Agency of Nigeria