Limkokwing, NAC, ACHAP sign MOU

Limkokwing, NAC, ACHAP sign MOU

‘Makhotso Rakotsoane

MASERU – LIMKOKWING University of Creative Technology (LUCT), the National AIDS Commission (NAC) and the African Comprehensive HIV & AIDS Partnership (ACHAP) signed a Memorandum of Understanding to fight AIDS in Maseru yesterday.

The trio pledged to work together to form a strategic and collaborative partnership aimed at strengthening efforts against the HIV/AIDS pandemic.

Speaking at the signing ceremony yesterday, the NAC Chief Executive Officer Keratile Thabana said they want to build partnerships with institutions that have youths so that they will work together towards influencing the behaviour change of the youth and help them make better choices.

Thabana said such a partnership is going to help the NAC in providing strategic leadership in fighting the pandemic.

She said the LUCT is going to help them with education, training, capacity building and skills development, branding, awareness campaigns towards HIV/AIDS initiatives, internship programmes and other policies.

Thabana said they believe that their partnership with the LUCT will enhance their national obligations in ensuring that there are no new infections and those infected and affected are included in and integrated in society.

She said they believe that their partnership with ACHAP will strengthen the NAC’s capacity in delivering on its obligations which include the implementation of project related activities, coordinating and conducting relevant policy analysis, strategy design, HIV/AIDS policies and laws to ensure conformity with agreed international best practices while being customised to the unique attributes of Lesotho.

LUCT Registrar Moroka Hoohlo said their partnership with the NAC has unlocked many doors for their students and the university at large.

Hoohlo said it is no secret that HIV/AIDS is one of the biggest challenges affecting youths.

He said some of them have little knowledge about HIV/AIDS and collaborating with NAC will help provide a platform for students to know more about the disease.

Hoohlo said they are “even ready to go beyond the call of the MOU to ensure that together we bring enhanced value to the Basotho people, especially the youth who are challenged with HIV/AIDS”.

ACHAP Board Member Professor Alinah Segobye said the ACHAP which was established in 2000 has a rich history of partnerships as espoused by their tagline of “Partnership for Healthy Africa”.

She said the Memorandum of Understanding will help them strengthen the cooperation with the government and the people of Lesotho.

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