Three dynamic speakers in the health care field will make presentations Friday (March 31) evening, at the first Positive Impact Symposium hosted by HIV/AIDS Survivors Benefit (HASB) for young people throughout the island of Grand Bahama.
The informative session will be held at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church, Sea Grape, beginning at 7:00 p.m.
The presenters – Dr. George Perez, Grand Bahama Health Services Surveillance Team; Tina Roberts, Pharmacist Grand Bahama Health Services Surveillance Team and Sis. Kathy Saunders, Nursing Officer II, Grand Bahama Health Services Surveillance Team – will share on timely topics focusing on HIV/AIDS youth education, stigma and discrimination.
Founder of HASB, Kevin Delancy said, this is an event for the entire family, particularly young family members. “We want to educate our young people, because in 2017 there should be no young person contracting HIV/AIDS.
“Our purpose is to bring HIV/AIDS Awareness to the youth of Grand Bahama, while simultaneously taking a stand against stigma and discrimination that has plagued persons living with this condition for far too long,” he added.
“Our hope is for every young person to learn the truth about the disease, how it is contracted, preventative methods and the benefits of taking your medication on time if you are living with the virus. Just because a person has the virus doesn’t mean that individual should be treated inhumanely,” Delancy added.
He noted that the primary purposes of Positive Impact, which is funded by the AIDS Healthcare Foundation (AHF) is to impart into the youth of Grand Bahama the tools needed for a better tomorrow.
“Stigma and discrimination in most cases can be even more deadly than the virus hence we seek to show; that through education, love, compassion and selflessness we can all live healthier lives. If you have been unkind to others living with this condition, it’s not too late to show love and supports them. HIV/AIDS is a global issue that needs all of us to assist and end the plight together,” said Delancy.
He noted that not only will the night be informative, but there will be gifts, prizes and surprises. “There will also be question and answer periods, where prizes will be given to those with the correct answer.
“We want the night to be informative and fun,” Delancy added while encouraging the community to come out and be informed.
He thanked all the sponsors, partners and volunteers for coming on board to ensure that this event is a success, including AHF, BTC, Minister of Tourism, Obie Wilchcombe; The Lillian Project and Art Jackson out of North Carolina; GB Healthcare Services, University of The Bahamas, Kross, Town, GB Power Company, Beauty Ago, Albuild, Print Masters, Bath and Body Treasure, GB Sports Promotion Association, Sarah St. George, GBPA Vice Chairman and many others.
Published Thursday, March 30, 2017