- Ghanaian Vice-President Alhaji Aliu Mahama has expressed concern over continued HIV/AIDS stigma and discrimination occurring in the workplace.
Mahama told a meeting of Union Network International, a global body concerned with workplace policies, in the capital, Accra, it was important that trade unions found ways of erasing these prejudices.
He also called for collaboration between the government and businesses on formulating stronger workplace policies to protect the rights of HIV-positive people.
The local Daily Mail newspaper quoted Mahama as saying, "We need to remind ourselves that AIDS is one of the most serious humanitarian challenges of our times ... we are all affected, either directly or indirectly."
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