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Holistic approach needed to prevent AIDS spread [ ] 15/06/2017
Holistic approach needed to prevent AIDS spread
RAJSHAHI: Instead of sporadic efforts, holistic approach has become an urgent need for more public awareness about the prevailing risks of HIV/AIDS for its successful prevention, reports BSS.

Collective efforts of all stakeholders and other gatekeepers are very important to prevent anymore infection of the deadly virus.

The observations came at a sensitization meeting on HIV/AIDS and its risk related preventive activities held at the conference hall of Divisional Director of Health yesterday.
Light House Consortium organized the meeting in association with Global Fund Project, icddr,b.

Continuation of the Prioritized HIV Prevention Services among key Population in Bangladesh Programme supported the meeting.

Some 20 people comprising health service provider, religious leader, lawyer, journalist, law enforcing members and other civil society representatives attended the meeting and took part in the open discussion.

During his concept paper presentation, Shalah Uddin Jewel, DIC Manager of Light House, gave an overview of the country’s HIV/AIDS situation and government interventions to its prevention.

Main thrust of the meeting was to sensitize the leaders of influence together with strengthening coordination among all the government and non-government organisations concerned to expedite the HIV/AIDS prevention activities in the region.

With Divisional Director of Health Dr Abdus Sobhan in the chair, Assistant Director Dr Ismat Ara, Assistant Superintendent of Police Saiful Islam, Ward Councilor of Rajshahi City Corporation Abu Sayeed Tuku, College teacher Iffat Ara Raka and President of Dinar Alo Hijra Sangstha Mohona spoke on the occasion.

Dr Abdus Sobhan said HIV/AIDS is not only health issue but also social development concern. He stressed the need for more coordination among different organizations and stakeholders to attain cherished results.
He added that only the government or any single organisation isn’t capable to resist the HIV/AIDS infection as its risk and vulnerability is gradually being increased due to various reasons.

He mentioned that the main challenge to prevent the HIV/AIDS is now being adjudged as the stigma and negative attitude towards the vulnerable population like injecting drug users, sex workers and professional blood donors.
He, however, emphasized the need for protecting the infected persons from their human rights violations as they are also the integral part of the society.
Universal access is a commitment to scale up access to HIV treatment, prevention, care and support from the government development partners and civil society, he added.
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