Issue No. 02/2020 – Tuesday, 01 December 2020 (Kitiona Tausi)
Tuvalu today, 01 December commemorated World Aids Day 2020. The program was organized by the Health Department under an Aids project coordinated by the Dr. Apinelu Puafitu Faaalo and project officer, Mrs. Ilagina Elekana.
The program started at 10.30am at the Vaiaku Falekaupule and was attended by youths especially from the Tuvalu Family Health Association (TUFHA).
The program began with a prayer and a message from the Acting Hospital Chaplain, Ordination Candidate, Mr. Faiana Ofati.
His message was based on the Book of Hosea 11:8, “How can I give you up, Israel? How can I abandon you? Could I ever destroy you as I did Admah, or treat you as I did Zeboiim? My heart will not let me do it! My love for you is too strong.”
The theme of his message was, “Let us not forget God”.
Part of his message is written below:
“The Israelites in the times of the prophet Hosea enjoyed a life of prosperity and they have begun to forget the covenant that they have entered with God in the beginning. Hosea was commissioned by God to remind the Israelites about their life of service in their relationship with God.
“I believe this is our context today when HIV was first known. People began to forget God that has been the basis of the lives and they began to satisfy their bodily desires.
“We are reminded this morning in our life endeavors that new technologies have invaded us and we are being confronted by changes and we are encouraged to live a life in accordance with God’s plan that culminated on the cross to offer us life eternal through believing in his death and resurrection.”
After the opening devotion, Ms. Pasai Falasa, organizer of the 16 Days of Activism presented a statement. She is also the Focal Officer for the Human Right Social Division (HRSD) at the Gender Affairs Department.
She said the commemoration of the World Aids Day 2020 is part of the 16 Days Activism that began on 25 November 2020 and to end on 10 December 2020.
She based her statement on the “Normal Life in Tuvalu”. She claimed that such issue as HIV AIDS was never discussed in the family and she encouraged the participants saying that this kind of issue needs to be discussed in the family to save our children.
She was concerned about the freedom that parents normally give to the boys and in return the boys get engaged themselves with friends and partners who may end up getting the virus. Parents should think of giving the same freedom to their daughters to be able to make their choices.