UN Provide Condoms to SouthSudan Army

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South Sudan military has high rates of AIDS/HIV and UN & NGO IntraHealth International are providing condoms in a bid to tackle the high rates among the country’s soldiers. “The military has a big number of young people who are more at risk of contracting HIV,” said, Bannet Ndyanabangi, the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) deputy representative for South Sudan. “And one of the tools to fight the infection is by giving them condoms.” Female Condoms Also Provided & Empower Women: Last year alone, about 4.3 million male and 43,000 female condoms were distributed throughout South Sudan. Mr. Ndyanabangi noted that there is a higher demand for male condoms than for female ones, and added that women should be taught the importance of using the devices. “Female condoms give women the power to decide whether to use them without negotiating first,” he said, adding that cultural taboos played a critical role in spreading the infection. “In many cultures, sex is what is discussed in the bedroom. But because of HIV, we have to come up and talk about sex openly in order to fight it.” Lieutenant Colonel John Woja, the HIV/AIDS Secretariat Programme Manager of the military, stressed that HIV poses a big threat to the military, as its prevalence rate within the army is over four per cent, higher than any population segment in the country. “We are working hard to ensure that we meet the 2015 target – zero new infections. That is why the leadership of the SPLA has become committed to rigorously fight the infection by scaling up partnerships. Our current strategy is to make information and condoms available to them.” Link to UNMISS Statement - unmiss.unmissions.org/Default.aspx?tabid=3465&ctl=Details&mid=6047&ItemID=62779&language=en-US By Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey – Follow @MuhamedSacirbey Facebook = Become a Fan at “Diplomatically Incorrect” Twitter – Follow us at DiplomaticallyX

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"Voice of the Global Citizen"- Diplomatically Incorrect (diplomaticallyincorrect.org) provide film and written reports on issues reflecting diplomatic discourse and the global citizen. Ambassador Muhamed Sacirbey (@MuhamedSacirbey) is former Foreign Minister Ambassador of Bosnia & Herzegovina at the United Nations. "Mo" is also signatory of the Rome Conference/Treaty establishing the International…

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