Religious Leaders in Tajikistan Join HIV/AIDS Campaign
March 9, 2009
Religious leaders in Tajikistan have joined a campaign that aims to address HIV/AIDS in the country, Radio Free Europe reports. According to Mullah Abdurahim Imam, who heads a mosque in the city of Dushanbe, the religious leaders are working with an HIV/AIDS center and international groups to improve their understanding of the disease and promote healthy lifestyles. In addition, the government, the United Nations office in Dushanbe and HIV/AIDS experts have organized seminars and roundtables for mullahs and imams. Muslim clerics during Friday services also have called on returning migrant workers to be tested for HIV and avoid risky behaviors. They also have promoted tolerance toward people living with HIV/AIDS, Radio Free Europe reports.
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