HIV Current Affairs - 2019

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MoU signed for enhanced outreach on HIV/AIDS Prevention

Department of Social Justice (DSJE), Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment and National AIDS Control Organization (NACO), Ministry of Health and Family Welfare signed Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for enhanced outreach On HIV/AIDS Prevention.

Key Highlights of MoU

Inclusion of target groups of NACO and National Action Plan for Drug Demand Reduction (NAPDDR) in the programmes of NACO and NAPDDR for awareness generation.

Enhance linkages and effective co-ordination between Integrated rehabilitation center for Addicts (IRCAs) supported by DSJE and Injecting Drug Users Targeted Intervention (IDUs-TI) supported by NACO.

Create awareness and educate people about ill-effects of drugs abuse on individual, family, workplace and society at large. Create awareness to reduce stigmatization of and discrimination against, individuals and groups dependent on drugs in order to integrate them back into the society;

Develop human resources and build capacity to strengthen service delivery mechanisms for effective drug addiction treatment.

Develop welfare scheme aimed at empowerment and social inclusion of Transgender which face extreme social alienation and enhance their vulnerability to drug abuse and HIV.

Address HIV transmission risks among all substance users through preventive risk reduction messaging on STI/HIV and linkages with Integrated Testing and Counseling Centre (ICTC) and other services.

Work towards empowerment of vulnerable and discriminated agroups like victims of HIV/AIDS, drug abuse, female sex workers, transgender and persons engaged in begging  by nurturing supportive and congenial environment promoting human development that safeguards human rights of all, provides social protection and rendering psycho-social care.

Include transgender and female sex workers as target group for social defence and drug addicts as target group for NACO.

Reduce incidence of social stigma and discrimination again victims of drug abuse and Children and People Living with HIV/AIDS through programme education setting.

About National AIDS Control Organization (NACO)

It is division of Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. It is mandated to provides leadership to HIV/AIDS control programme in India through 35 HIV/AIDS Prevention and Control Societies. It was constituted to implement India’s first National AIDS Control Programme (1992-1999) launched in 1992.

Japan donates $69 million to the United Nations World Food Programme

Japan has donated $69 million to the United Nations World Food Programme to provide vital aid to 28 countries in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia, with the biggest shares of the money being earmarked for Yemen and Iraq.

World Food Programme

World Food Programme is a leading humanitarian organization saving lives and changing lives, delivering food assistance in emergencies and working with communities to improve nutrition and build resilience.

In the 1960 Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) Conference, there were calls for setting up a multilateral food aid programme. In line these demands, the World Food Programme was established in 1961 by the FAO and the United Nations General Assembly.

The Food for Work programmes of the World Food Programme promotes environmental and economic stability and agricultural production.

The World Food Programme strives to eradicate hunger and malnutrition, with the ultimate goal to eliminate the need for food aid itself. The objectives of the World Food Programme are:

  • Save lives and protect livelihoods in emergencies.
  • Support food security and nutrition and (re)build livelihoods in fragile settings and following emergencies.
  • Reduce risk and enable people, communities and countries to meet their own food and nutrition needs.
  • Reduce under-nutrition and break the inter-generational cycle of hunger.
  • Zero Hunger in 2030.

World Food Programme also aims to fight micronutrient deficiencies, reduce child mortality, improve maternal health, and combat disease, including HIV and AIDS.