On 1 December 2015, help toget to zero and end the AIDS epidemic
New Delhi, Dec 2, 2015: World AIDS Day is marked on 1st December each year and is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV. "On this day FXB India Suraksha aspires to reflect on the impact of HIV/AIDS on people while joining hands in response to the epidemic", affirms Mamta Borgoyary, CEO, FXB India Suraksha (FXBIS).
More than 20,000 AIDS orphans, individuals most at risk and people living with HIV/AIDS are being provided support services by FXBIS. It is also specifically supporting children from HIV infected/affected families in Manipur & Andhra Pradesh. Educational support, supplementary nutrition, free health checkup and counseling services are provided to the infected & affected. In addition to this, support is being provided to the single mothers or caretakers of the orphans by helping them strengthening their economic ability through different programmes.
To mark the day, children from FXBIS project villages' in different pockets of India participated in awareness rallies, talks & street plays to spread awareness about the epidemic and end the fear and discrimination among those battling HIV/AIDS.
District Aids Control and Prevention Unit of Visakhapatnam district organised World AIDS Day along with FXB India Suraksha. An awareness rally was flagged off by the District Collector along with the Joint Collector to mark the day. The Vice Chancellor of Andhra University distributed appreciation certificates to the best performers in AIDS prevention programmes in the district. FXB India Suraksha was also awarded for its outstanding work in the HIV/AIDS control programme.
Manipur organized the day around the theme "Getting to Zero" at the community hall of Bamon Kampu, Imphal East with around 250 participants which included children, caregivers and community stakeholders. The Programme officer organised an awareness session with the stress on enhancing our commitment and responsibilities towards HIV/AIDS and care with the aim to achieve zero discrimination, zero infection and zero death. Some of the beneficiaries even shared their inspiring stories of change.
In Jaipur, Rajasthan, it was an unlikely scene at the Jaipur railway station that saw scores of kids performing a street play to spread awareness among the people on the occasion of World AIDS Day. As soon as the drums rolled before the start of the play, the passengers and staff present at the railway station gathered to watch the play. The kids also participated in painting posters and banners and a rally was also observed by the kids within the station premises as they shouted slogans and carried placards that read “Getting to Zero. “We have held talks with the health department and have decided to do monthly heath check up of these kids. Moreover, we are also in the process to get HIV tests done for the adolescents also,” informed Vandana Dubey, project officer, FXB India Suraksha.
More than 20,000 HIV orphans, individuals most at risk and people living with HIV/AIDS are provided support services by FXBIS because of the fact that it is also specifically supporting children from HIV infected/affected families in Manipur & Andhra Pradesh.
Through the FXBVillage model- a sustainable and community-based solution to extreme poverty and AIDS, FXB has lifted more than 12,000 families out of poverty through 162 FXBVillage programs around the world. Currently 30 FXBVillage programs with 2 in Burundi, 4 in China, 2 in Colombia, 2 in India, 18 in Rwanda, and 2 in Uganda with the endeavor to invest in individuals to equip them with the training and resources so they can achieve lasting self-sufficiency and stability.
What is being seen as a positive news, UNAIDS has said that new HIV infections have been reduced by 35% since 2000 and AIDS-related deaths have been reduced by 42% since the peak in 2004. UNAIDS has asserted that to end the AIDS epidemic by 2030, as part of the Sustainable Development Goals, it would require 'front-load investment', commitment and innovations to be accelerated.