About 50 Members of the Parliament participated in a two-day workshop, from 22nd – 23rd November 2018, in recognition of the urgency to fast-track HIV legislation in South Sudan. The workshop, which was held in Juba, was co-organised by UNESCO and the specialised Committee on Health and HIV of the Transitional National Legislative Assembly (TNLA). The event was held in collaboration with the South Sudan HIV/AIDS Commission (SSAC) and UNAIDS. The MPs represented 16 specialised committees.

In her opening remarks, the Deputy Speaker of the TNLA, Honourable Ms. Awel Mawien, stated that despite the disease being a challenge, its impact can be reversed. She reminded the Members of Parliament that it was part of their responsibility to enlighten their communities about the existing prevention and treatment opportunities.

She further added that the possible dividends of the signing of the Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict would lead to more financial resources for the health sector. Therefore, the onus was on the legislators to advocate for more resources for the health sector.

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