Survey soon to ascertain status of AIDS awareness
SEVERAL NON governmental organisations (NGOs), in association with the health department, will soon conduct a comprehensive survey to ascertain whether persons trained to spread awareness about HIV/AIDS and provide counselling are still active or they have become dormant, forgetting what they were taught during the training.Updated: Jun 03, 2006 00:11 IST
SEVERAL NON governmental organisations (NGOs), in association with the health department, will soon conduct a comprehensive survey to ascertain whether persons trained to spread awareness about HIV/AIDS and provide counselling are still active or they have become dormant, forgetting what they were taught during the training.
The survey is to be launched following the recently published report by United Nations titled ‘Global AIDS Report’ which declares India as the number one country with nearly 57 lakh AIDS patients. The country has earned this defaming position by leaving behind South Africa which has about 56 lakh HIV/AIDS-inflicted persons.
The UN report discloses that in India, about 56 lakh persons affected with HIV or AIDS are over 15 years of age and are in the productive stage of their life.
Giving further information about the report and preparedness to intensify the campaign against HIV/AIDS, programme officer of an NGO Charka, Ramesh Menon said, “With the country housing the maximum number of HIV/AIDS inflicted persons, it has become imperative to focus more on awareness.”
Elaborating further, Menon said, “For our research work we are going to take the help of students of social welfare department of CSJM University here. The students will conduct research and find out how effective are the trained persons now in providing counselling and spreading awareness in remote areas to combat HIV”.
Several NGOs will work together on this for the next three months and once data is collected, efforts will be made to train more and more persons about precautions that can save people from HIV/AIDS.
These trained persons will be deployed to make people aware about HIV in remote areas.
It may be noted that some time back Charka had trained several police personnel and other people about AIDS. Now after the UN report, NGOs and the health department are going all out to ascertain whether the trained persons are still useful or they have to be trained again.
The global AIDS report also states that two lakh to six lakh people have died of AIDS so far in the country.
Meanwhile, Chief Medical Officer Dr Vijay Shankar Singh said, “AIDS is a menace and we have to defeat it collectively. I appeal to the general public to go to the nearest hospital from their house and ask the doctors as how to escape HIV.”
First Published: Jun 03, 2006 00:11 IST