People with HIV launch anti-stigma campaign

Updated 07 March 2015
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People with HIV launch anti-stigma campaign

Several people living with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) have launched a campaign to counter the stigma around the illness still prevalent in parts of the Kingdom.
They want the public to treat those infected with HIV just as they would people with chronic illnesses such as diabetes or high blood pressure, according to a recent report in a local publication.
Mohammad Mannsi, who has HIV, has set up an account on a social networking site to create awareness about the disease. Over the past four years he has been working with fellow HIV sufferers, doctors and other members of the public.
Mannsi has been helping those infected by providing support and advice, which include urging them to take life-saving medication as prescribed by their doctors, and to undergo regular checkups.
Mannsi said that people living with the illness are more confident about participating in community activities. However, there was still a great deal of fear-mongering taking place, with some people trying to create the impression that Islam forbids discussions on the illness.
He said people living with HIV have the right to get treatment, support and advice from doctors and other health professionals.
Batoul Suleiman, a doctor who specializes in HIV treatment, said even some doctors discriminate against those living with the virus. Some refuse to provide any sort of treatment for those who disclose they are infected.
According to the Ministry of Health, there were 1,777 people identified with AIDS in the country last year, of whom 542 were Saudis.
There has been an increase in cases, which would eventually affect the country’s economic growth, the ministry said.


Saudi Arabia hosts International Atomic Energy Agency representatives

Updated 17 July 2018
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Saudi Arabia hosts International Atomic Energy Agency representatives

  • The aim of this international organization is to promote the peaceful use of nuclear energy in the world

JEDDAH: The King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy (KACARE) is hosting the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) representatives who arrived in the Kingdom to carry out an integrated nuclear infrastructure review (INIR).
The IAEA team will stay in the Kingdom until July 24. This review is an important reference on which the IAEA bases its assessment of the efforts being exerted by the Kingdom in developing the infrastructure to use atomic energy for peaceful purposes. The review also ensures that the national atomic energy project is harmonized with the requirements of the IAEA. Based on the review, the IAEA lends its support to the project.
The INIR is seen as a service being provided by the atomic agency to the member states to conduct an integrated and comprehensive assessment in the presence of international experts in nuclear energy programs and infrastructure development.
The aim of this international organization is to promote the peaceful use of nuclear energy in the world. It takes measures to prevent any country from using atomic energy for military purposes and for nuclear weapons.