STATE LEVEL MULTI MEDIA CAMPAIGN:
The 8th Multi Media Campaign under the theme “Life Now. Yes life. No HIV” was conducted on the 6th of October, 2018, at the Heritage, Old DC Bungalow, Kohima. Prior to the event, briefing was held with the participants where JD (IEC) shared about the basic facts about HIV & AIDS and State HIV Scenario.
The State level program of MMC was a music competition of the 5 selected bands from Kohima, Dimapur, Kiphire & Phek. The call for entries was made through newspaper advertisements. Other highlights of the program were motivational talk on drug abuse & its effects, Quiz on HIV, screening of HIV messages and videos, HIV Testing facilities (32 tested for HIV), signing of pledge, display of messages and slogans on HIV & AIDS & distribution of IEC materials. The winners of the music competition were: a) winner: Euli Yeptho and the band, b) 1st runner-up: Sweven and c) 2nd runner up: Bozio Nienu.
1ST NORTH EAST MULTI MEDIA CAMPAIGN:
Bringing together the eight north eastern states on a music platform for the cause of HIV/AIDS, the 1st North East Multimedia Campaign was held on 18th February, 2019 at Kohima Local Ground under the theme “North East United Against HIV/AIDS.”
About 10,000 young people from schools and colleges apart from youth group and individuals witnessed the event marking a historic milestone in the fight against HIV. Under National AIDS Control Organization, the event was hosted by Nagaland State AIDS Control Organisation and supported by development partners like AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) and Family Health International 360.
The event was graced by NACO officials and dignitaries from the NE states who also delivered valuables messages to the young people present at the event. Shri S. Pangnyu Phom, Miniter Health & Family Welfare, Nagaland was the Chief patron and Dr. Naresh Goel, DDG, NACO and Major General Pradeep Nair, YSM, Inspector General, HQ IGAR (N) were the special guests.
The events’ activity included music competition from the MMC winners of respective NE states and performances by some of the finest artistes of Nagaland. Other activities conducted during the event were distribution of IEC materials and free merchandise, HIV counseling and testing services, First AID, Blood donation, HIV messages in and around the venue, IEC messages on LED board, signing of pledge, etc.
All the 8 NE state AIDS Control Society participated in the event. The participating bands in the music competition were winners of their respective state Multi Media Campaign.
The Wishess Band from Manipur was adjudged the winner of the 1stNorth East Multimedia Campaign. Iuli Yeptho & the band from Nagaland was adjudged the first runner-up while the 2nd runner-up was bagged by Roll Heads Band from Sikkim. Five consolation prizes were awarded to Tyrrhenian band from Assam, Jerry Lalrinawma from Mizoram, Wreckless Shadow band from Meghalaya, Vanghum 100 yrs band from Tripura and The Megh band from Arunachal Pradesh respectively. All the prize money for the competition were sponsored by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF).
WORLD HEPATITIS DAY
with the theme “ Treat. Hepatitis” World Hepatitis day was observed on the 28th of July, 2018, at Kohima. The Guest speaker for the event was Dr. Tokuho Chishi, Director, Family Welfare, Directorate of Health and Family Welfare. The event was jointly organized by NSACS, NagalandUsers’ Network & Kripa Foundation.
The keynote address was given by Ms. MetevinoSakhrie, Joint Director (IEC), NSACS. Dr. KejavisaSavino, MO, Oking Hospital, Kohima talked about the treatment issues, and the need to widely spread the knowledge about the disease.
A personal story of living with Hepatitis and the journey towards cure was shared by Mr. Temjen. Mr. Renbothung, Program Officer, Kripa Foundation also spoke on the challenges and concerns of Hepatitis in Nagaland. Mr.Ketho former president of Nagaland Users’ Network (NUN) highlighted concerns on the alarming prevalence of viral Hepatitis in Nagaland and the negligence of the State Government in addressing the epidemic. Guest speaker Dr. Tokuho Chishi in his speech acknowledged that every person have the right to live a dignified life, and also denied the allegations that doctors were doing business in medicine. He said the problem of medicine costs had emerged due to absence of a drug regulating authority.
WORLD AIDS DAY 2018
The 30th anniversary of World AIDS Day 2018 was commemorated on the 1st of December, 2018 with the Theme “Live Life Positively, Know your HIV Status”. The state level program was held at High School Junction, Kohima. The program was organized by Nagaland State AIDS Control Society in collaboration with FHI360, Plan India/NCPI+, NNP+, Vihaan Care & Support, I-Tech, NNagadao and Nagaland User’s Network. The event was graced by His Excellency, Kenneth I. Juster, US Ambassador to India as the Chief Guest. Hon’ble Minister for Health and Family Welfare, S Pangnyu Phom was the Chief Patron. The other prominent speakers during the occasion were Dr. Melissa Nyendak Brandon, Chief Prevention, Care and Treatment –CDC India, Principal Secretary HFW and Chairman NSACS Shri I. Himato Zhimomi and Mr. Chuba, Kohima Network of Positive Network. A remarkable achievement noted during the event was the presence of high level dignitaries who sounded concern for the issue of HIV/AIDS.
The program was attended by Govt. official of allied Depts., Church leaders, Community/colony leaders, School and college students, partnered NGOs, Network of Positive People, and other various Stakeholders. An approx. no. of 600 participated in the program.
Marking the occasion of World AIDS Day, HIV Counseling and Testing facility was provided at three strategic locations on the 1st of December, 2018: High school Junction Kohima, Main town Kohima and PHQ Junction Kohima. Altogether, 157 people were counseled and tested for HIV. The testing sites were managed by Lab Technicians, Counselors, DAPCU, NSACS officials, Partner NGOs, KNP+, and Red Ribbon Club members. Altogether, 157 people came forward for HIV Counseling and testing.
Almost 5000 IEC materials on HIV/AIDS were distributed and Red Ribbon pinned to the public signifying love, care and support for the people infected and affected with HIV. Red Ribbon Club members, members from partner NGOs and Positive Network volunteered in the activity.
INTERNATIONAL YOUTH DAY
Nagaland State AIDS Control Society in collaboration with the Red Ribbon Club members and students of Japfu Christian College, Kigwema, Kohima celebrated International Youth Day (IYD) on the 13th of August 2018 at the auditorium of Japfu Christian College, under the theme “Safe Spaces for Youth in HIV Prevention.”
The program was attended by 653 participants. A total of 63 students of the college came forward for voluntary HIV testing. Various sessions on HIV/AIDS were taken up by the resource persons by NSACS officials and Sr. M.O (ART), Dr.Mehukhol Zao.
On the Occasion, two competitions were held: Calligraphy Competition and Elocution. A total of 8 students participated in the Calligraphy competition under the theme “Safe Spaces for Youth in HIV Prevention.”. The Winners were: Mr. Thangpong, B.A. 1st Semester (Winner), Mr. Wetshole Thelo, B.A. 1st Semester (1st Runners up) and Mr. Jubito Sumi, B.A. 1st Semester (2nd Runners up). The Elocution competition was participated by 10 students with the theme “Safe Spaces for Youth in HIV Prevention.”. The winners were: Mr. Muwali (Winner), Mr. Pushou (1st Runners up) and Mr. Nokmao (2nd Runners up). Other highlights of the program were, pledge taking and signing, distribution of IEC materials.