Helping Hands urges more support for HIV/AIDS fight
Stabroek News
December 2, 2003

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Director of Monique Helping Hands, Judeth Whaul, is calling for more support from local organisations to help promote and fight HIV/AIDS.

She made the call at a book fair held at the National Library yesterday where HIV and AIDS activists also demonstrated to participants how to use condoms.

According to Whaul, for there to be a better response all of the AIDS organisations in Guyana should come together. The book fair coincided with the observance of World AIDS Day yesterday.

Monique's Helping Hands Support Centre was established in August at Lot 18 Norton Street, Georgetown.

Whaul told Stabroek News in a brief interview that everyone who attended the fair got an opportunity to answer a question and win a T-shirt, water bottles, condoms and other prizes promoting the prevention of HIV.

Among the many activities the organisation undertakes are visits to different communities. According to Whaul, they have already visited Bella Dam and Bagotstown on the West Demerara and D'Urban Street, Wortmanville and Newtown, Kitty in Georgetown.

The organisation also visits the Georgetown Public Hospital weekly and is currently awaiting funding to begin a Food and Clothes Pantry and for permission to move into its own building situated in Pineapple Street, East Ruimveldt.