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Theme for International Nurses' Day.

"NURSES ALWAYS there for families: Fighting AIDs stigma, caring for all" is the theme for this year's International Nurses' Day (IND) on May 12.

Introducing the theme, International Council of Nurses' (1CN) president Christine Hancock saluted those nurses who routinely care for AIDs victims with "courage, expertise and compassion".

However, she said stigma and discrimination blocked the march forward against HIV/ AIDs. "The most powerful weapons against stigma and silence are the voices of the world's people speaking up about AIDS. By continuing to fight AIDS stigma and care for all, nurses will lead the way in breaking down the walls of stigma and silence."

The ICN describes acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) as a global public health threat that continues to increase the burden of disease. World-wide, there are over 36 million people living with HIV/AIDS and this number continues to increase.

The IND kit 2003 takes on HIV/AIDS stigma, aiming to create a better understanding of its sources and presenting strategies to prevent or minimise its negative impact. ICN's goal is to assist national nursing associations (NNAs), nurses and others to raise awareness, mobilise public opinion and organise events to fight AIDS related stigma and discrimination. Some health care providers can also perpetrate stigma and discrimination, either towards their own staff, who have the disease, or towards patients. ICN calls on NNAs and nurses everywhere to promote understanding and support for people living with HIV/AIDS.

The IND kit will soon be available on www.icn.ch.ch.
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Publication:Kai Tiaki: Nursing New Zealand
Date:Feb 1, 2003
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