EMPATHY AND REINFORCEMENT: Recognition of the HIV-related Stigma and Discrimination Training Course
Content and meaningful weekends were when the rain brought about fresh air and more than 40 enthusiastic participants diligently took part in training courses to reduce stigma and discrimination related to the theme of HIV.
Ms.Khuat Thu Hong and Ms. Nguyen Thi Van Anh from the Institute for Social Development Studies (ISDS) – Hanoi have spent the last weekend in Hue by accompanying the participants from Kim Long Charity Clinic.Participants were volunteers, HIV physicians, representatives from Tue Tinh-Duong Hai Duc, Niem Tin group from Hue and Love Club from Quang Tri, and the Sisters of the Immaculate Conception – all of whom are close to those who had to live with HIV.
Course’s content was rather diverse and useful. Lecturers had, with innovative, lively, and effective teaching methods, conveyed extensive knowledge about HIV and high-risk groups: lesbian, gay, transgender people, prostitutes injecting drugs... They are no one but our brothers and sisters. Practitioners were aware of what to do while approaching them: a sincere empathy, understanding, sharing, intimacy and impartiality. They might have been the victims of social circumstances and family propulsion; they might have experienced the trials and tribulations for profound reason of their identity. “If any of you have never sinned, then go ahead and throw the first stone at her!”, said Dr. Khuat thu Hong, repeating the words of Jesus Christ in the story of the adulteress (Jn 8: 1-10) as a assertion to our vision of these vulnerable groups.
Within two short days the trainees had collected valuable and useful results to continue the mission of volunteering and accompanying brothers and sisters with HIV, in order to ease their suffering, owing to the persuasive and scientific teaching skills of the lecturer along with enthusiasm arising from their work experiences. This is the recognition in words of gratitude before the closing of the Sisterhood of the Immaculate Conception. Practitioners had deserved to be awarded the Certificate of Teaching and Certificate of the Order.
The harvested results was possible by virtue of the great generosity and support of the MISEREOR Foundation, Germany, who was the main source of funding for the HIV/AIDS programme in Hue through the congregation of the Daughters of the Immaculate Conception.
May God – The Merciful One forever bless those who join hands and voluntarily work with others to bring happiness and to ease the suffering of vulnerable brothers and sisters.
Kim Long Charity Clinic