WORLD AIDS DAY & WHAT ARE WE DOING ABOUT IT?
WORDS: SRESHTA BHATTACHARYA
A lot has been spoken on what’s usually a hush-hush topic in India. From subtle campaigns that gestures the ‘malady’ to documentaries that talks about the cause, AID’s has still not surpassed the awkward silences or the misconceptions that it has against itself.
Addressing this issue in a wider-perspective, UNAIDS has launched a new campaign #MyRightToHealth for World AIDS Day. The campaign explores the challenges faced by the affected people in exercising their right to health. Started early in the last month, the campaign provided a platform for people to express their views on their definite rights and what needs to be done to create the atmosphere for realization amongst others.
#letsendit-National Aids Trust
This year National Aid Trust had taken the oath to fight against the negative impact of HIV. According to the trust more than 100,000 people living with HIV in the UK still face ignorance and discrimination that prevents them from living a fulfilling and a happy life. Their stance is to end this stigma, end HIV transmission and end the isolation experienced by people living with HIV, for good. Taking up to social media as the widest and the fastest platform, NAT has a chain of images that they have asked people to share in their instagram and twitter handles using the #letsendit
Initiative by Mumbai Districts AIDS Control Society (MDACS)
Like every year MDACS tied up with various colleges to spread awareness about the cause. Calling for a new initiative on the occasion of World AIDS Day, the society inaugurated the Antiretroviral therapy (ART) center for HIV AIDS detection at Kamathipura. MDACS has always initiated a step towards spreading awareness on HIV AIDS amongst the masses and this year they had the support of 16 colleges across the city breathing the same message.
While there are new campaigns created, new laws to protect the affected and while scientific advances are made to treat HIV, there’s still a long way to go. Despite being a lot more aware than earlier, people grow prejudiced fears and stigmas around HIV. As a result discrimination remains a reality for many people living with the condition.
World AIDS Day is thus important because it reminds the public in general and the governing bodies that HIV has not gone away and the issues related to it has definitely not been for its better– there is still a vital need to raise money, increase awareness, fight prejudice and improve education.
Celebrated on 1st December’17