Monday, December 04, 2006

Aruninte Blog - HIV Free India: A Futile Mission ?

Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam’s address to the members of both Houses of Parliament on the occasion of World AIDS Day
The story of Benson and Bensy

First let me share with you an incident during my visit to Kochi in 2003. I was introduced to a boy and girl named Benson and Bensy as HIV affected children along with their grandfather by the Secretary, Department of Health, Kerala. Immediately, I started talking to the children and I greeted them. The children were cheerful. Then I was informed that these two children were in a school near Kollam, and as soon the school authorities came to know about their disease pattern, they were turned out of school. This was big news in the media in Kerala. The children were denied admission because of parental pressure since they did not want their children to be with HIV affected children. Then the Secretary, Health Department met me at Rashtrapati Bhavan and briefed me on the type of problems. During the discussions we realized that the type of education and communication we have to spread on HIV is not reaching parents, school teachers and many support groups
**********In the speech Dr.Kalam was silent about this ;)
Many Indian Parliamentarians Hold Incorrect Beliefs About HIV Transmission, Survey Says [Aug 24, 2006]

Nearly two-thirds of India's Parliament members incorrectly believe HIV is transmitted by sharing clothing, food, toilets and office spaces, according to a survey released to the Parliament on Wednesday, AP/ reports (Rabinowitz, AP/, 8/24). According to the "Person-to-Person" survey -- released by India's Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and conducted by the Indian Association of Parliamentarians on Population and Development -- 40% of the 250 parliamentarians surveyed said they believe HIV can be spread by working with an HIV-positive person; 56% think sharing food and utensils increases the risk of acquiring the virus; and 22.8% believe it is spread by using the same toilet seat as a person living with HIV/AIDS (Iyer, Hindustan Times, 8/23). The poll finds that 46% of Indian lawmakers are unaware that an HIV-positive mother can transmit the infection to her infant and that 64% incorrectly believe it can be spread by sharing clothes with an HIV-positive person

India's recently finalised HIV strategy, which will see it spending $2.5 billion over the next five years on prevention and treatment. :)

whether it will be carried out effectively is far from assured :D

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