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IRCS observed the World AID's Day

School children showing the posters which they made during the painting competition organized by NHQ, IRCS

Started in 1988, the World AIDS Day is observed every year on December 1st. It is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV and AIDS by increasing awareness, imparting education and fighting prejudices.

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. T.S. Jayalakshmi presenting bouquet to Dr. N.K. Chaturvedi, Chief Guest for the occasion.

The Indian Red Cross Day (IRCS), National Headquarters (NHQ) celebrated the day by hosting activities like painting competition and a seminar on “HIV/AIDS Prevention-Keep the Promise”. The officials and staff of IRCS, IFRC and PNS demonstrated their solidarity for the cause on World AIDS day by wearing the red ribbon.

 

 

 

 

Dr. N.K. Chaturvedi, addressing the gathering during the Seminar.

The Chief Guest of the occasion was Dr. N.K. Chaturvedi, Medical Superintendent, Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital. He shared his views with the gathering and praised IRCS for its programs on HIV/AIDS. Dr. Chaturvedi said that, “There are at present 100 ART (Anti Retroviral Therapy) centres and by 2007 there will be 125 all over the country”. He also said that, “It is necessary for all of us to spread awareness on stigma and discrimination and respect the right of the AIDS patient”. He concluded by saying that, “The society lives on hope, human beings too live on hope therefore we should see that the hopes of the AIDS patient are not lost”.

 

Ms. Shweta, General Secretary, Delhi Network of Positive People sharing her experience as HIV + patient

The day became special with the presence of Ms. Shweta, an HIV+ and General Secretary of Delhi Network of Positive People. She unveiled her life in front of the gathering and narrated the kind of discrimination she is undergoing. She also said that her right to dignity has been violated by many therefore there is a need for the people to be informed about the sensitivity, which is required in dealing with the HIV infected patients. The Delhi Network of Positive People is an organization does the work of advocacy, data collection and counselling of AIDS victim. It has 140 HIV+ as its members.

 

 
 
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