KIRIBATI BEGINS PROGRAM TO FIGHT HIV AND AIDS

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TARAWA, Kiribati (March 30, 1998 - PACNEWS/Ioane)---A four day HIV/AIDS counseling workshop, the first of its kind in the region, has ended successfully in the Kiribati capital, Tarawa.

The workshop covered three main areas; understanding the HIV virus, identifying people who are infected, and counseling patients.

The 30 participants found counseling to be the most difficult undertaking, Radio Kiribati reports.

Consultant Bill O'Loughlin from the United Nations AIDS office in Suva told the participants that included health officials, church representatives, seamen, and the local media, that even professional counselors are still learning the art and technique of counseling.

In closing remarks, the Kiribati Director of Public Health, Dr. Airam Metai, says the new skills the participants have acquired are applicable to all health problems.

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