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Posted: Saturday, December 2, 2017. 11:23 am CST.

By BBN Staff: The National AIDS Commission (NAC) is considering how it can strengthen the complaints procedure for persons living with HIV/AIDS who feel that their rights were discriminated against.

The NAC explained that rationale for wanting to improve complaints procedures during a health fair in honor of World AIDS Day, celebrated on December 1, under the global theme “The right to health”.

Communications and programs officer for the NAC, Arthur Usher, said that right to health is a right enjoyed by all people, and therefore it requires a level of protection. Usher said that in Belize, all people have the right to health but there are often reports where persons of various population subgroups feel that they are discriminated against.

“The one thing we really need to be looking into is a reporting mechanism. If you feel that you were discriminated against at one of these (health) systems, how do you want the recourse? That is an area that needs tweaking,” Usher said.

The health fair included free HIV testing, counseling services, information booths disseminating sexual and reproductive health information and live art displays from artists painting positive messages about HIV prevention.


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