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Suu Kyi visits NLD home for people living with HIV

New Delhi (Mizzima) – Aung San Suu Kyi visited a community home for people living with HIV today to offer them encouragement and promised them a better supply of the medicine they are lacking, a party spokesman said.

Pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi walks among residents of a National League for Democracy community home for people living with HIV in South Dagon Township, Rangoon, handing out roses to each of them, before offering encouragement and the promise of a better medicine supply, on Wednesday, November 17, 2010. Photo: Mizzima.She met more than 100 residents at a compound holding three HIV/Aids “salvation centres” established by National League for Democracy (NLD) young people led by NLD central committee member Phyu Phyu Thin and funded by the party’s social aid wing today at 2 p.m.

Mizzima heard Suu Kyi offer the following over the phone in real time: “Everybody has their own values so you don’t need to be discouraged. You must uplift your spirits and strength. I say these words not only to the patients but also to everybody … high and low status depends only on each person. Everybody needs to know that they can consider themselves a dignified person.”

Burma’s most prominent democracy leader gave each resident a rose, which apparently they greatly appreciated.

“Ahmay [mother] Suu … told us not to be in low morale and said she would supply us with medicine. We are encouraged. All of the patients were very encouraged to see that another person, Daw Suu, is with us besides Ma Phyu [Phyu Phyu Thin] before … We hold these roses in very high esteem and shall keep them forever, even after they’ve dried up”, 31-year old resident Win Win Naing told Mizzima.

Phyu Phyu Thin said the salvation centres accommodated an average of more than 100 residents at a time and that new patients were arriving daily.

“We can’t give medicine to new patients. NGOs first gave medicines to the patients and then stopped … when they didn’t have enough funding. So the availability of medicines for these patients is on and off. We are still face medicine shortages,” Phyu Phyu Thin said.

There are more than 360,000 HIV patients in Burma. According to UN Aids statistics, the junta’s Health Ministry spends about US$100,000 annually on its Aids eradication campaign.

By contrast, neighbouring Thailand spent 4.9 billion baht (US$122.90 million) on HIV/Aids treatment and programmes in 2004 (six years ago), a UN Aids report also said.

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