LAHORE: The Punjab AIDS Control Programme and Akhuwat signed a memorandum of understanding at Fountain House on Monday to provide free healthcare services to transgender people. The programme will set will set up a treatment and counseling facility at Fountain House where free tests for Hepatitis B, C, Syphilis and STIs, as well vaccination, will be provided to transgender people. Akhuwat Executive Director Dr Amjad Saqib said his organisation’s Khawaja Sara Rehabilitation Programme was catering to transgender people aged over 50 and providing them medical services, along with stipends. “The Punjab AIDS Control Programme has come forward for a great cause and we hope that joint efforts will alleviate the sufferings of these poorest of the poor.” Punjab AIDS Control Program Director Dr Adnan Zafar said PACP has been trying to reach out to marginalised communities. He added Akhuwat Khawaja Sara Rehab Programme rendered great services and more people could benefit if the two entities team up.
Published in The Express Tribune, May 16th, 2017.