Centre opens doors to support persons with HIV/AIDS
Stabroek News
August 30, 2003

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Persons living with HIV/AIDS now have one more door to go into for support as the Caribbean People International Collective Inc (CPIC) on Thursday launched the Monique Helping Hands Support Centre located on Norton Street.

A release from the Government Information Agency (GINA) said that Ramelia Stewart, Chairman of CPIC, said that the tiny accommodation for the centre was only temporary.

“We have business to do and nothing can stop us,” she said.

The release said the objective of the centre was to implement behavioural modification, to hold internal educational awareness workshops as well as to develop workshops on the effects of HIV/AIDS on the family.

Prime Minister Sam Hinds attended the launching and advised the audience that infected persons needed all the support they could get.

Monique was a twenty-year-old woman who died on July 10, 2002 from the virus. She motivated Stewart to open the centre in her name. The release said her cousin tearfully urged the audience not to shun anyone who had the virus.

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