Fighting HIV/AIDS: Proposals sought from provinces to devise new strategy

Dr Achakzai said that currently a total of 86,000 HIV-positive patients were registered with the govt.


Sehrish Wasif January 15, 2015
“It is unfortunate that we indulge in unnecessary discussions by involving religion in health issues,” she said while talking about wrong interpretation of religion. STOCK IMAGE

ISLAMABAD:


The federal government has sought proposals from provinces and developing partners to thrash out a new strategy and develop a concept note on Global Fund for HIV/AIDS under the new funding model.


“The Ministry of National Health Services, Regulation and Coordination has asked provincial health secretaries and development partners to give recommendations to develop the Pakistan AIDS Strategy-III,” National AIDS Control Programme Manager Dr Abdul Baseer Khan Achakzai told The Express Tribune.

He said that the new strategy will help further strengthen HIV/AIDS prevention and control activities in the country.

Under the new strategy, he said, the main focus will be on increasing screening facilities across the country.

Dr Achakzai said that currently a total of 86,000 HIV-positive patients were registered with the government.

Meanwhile, the National AIDS Control Programme on Thursday organised a one-day consultative meeting to review and endorse provincial AIDS control programme strategies.

Health Minister Saira Afzal Tarar said that it was a positive sign that the National AIDS Control Programme, with the support of the UNAIDS and the World Health Organisation, has reviewed national and provincial responses to HIV/AIDS diseases, which will form a strong foundation for developing a concept note on the HIV/AIDS strategy-III.

“It is unfortunate that we indulge in unnecessary discussions by involving religion in health issues,” she said while talking about wrong interpretation of religion.

Published in The Express Tribune, January 16th, 2015.

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