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 Ministry of Labor, Economic Cities Authority discuss employment opportunities

Updated 19 July 2018
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Saudi Ministry of Labor, Economic Cities Authority discuss employment opportunities

JEDDAH: A delegation from the Saudi Ministry of Labor and Social Development visited King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC) to discuss cooperation between the Ministry and the Economic Cities Authority (ECA) in a bid to support employment opportunities in economic cities.
The delegation, headed by Assistant Director General of the Ministry of Labor and Social Development in the Makkah region Mohammed bin Ibrahim Al-Ghamdi, toured King Abdullah Port and the Industrial Valley.
The Vice Secretary General of the Economic Cities' Authority (ECA) Imad Hashem praised the visit, which focussed on the importance of coordination and cooperation between the various sectors of the state so that government support for economic cities could continue.
He added that the ECA’s cooperation with the ministry will enable investors in economic cities to improve working environments across different sectors and create employment opportunities for Saudi Arabian youth.
After the tour, the two sides discussed ways to strengthen cooperation between them in order to build an effective partnership and improve health and safety awareness amongst companies at the city.
They also discussed ways to make the ministry’s drive to nationalise jobs a success.