“2.1 million people in India live with HIV/AIDS” – UN
8000 Indians died of HIV in 2019
How do we control HIV and aid the victims?
- Saving the child and women victims first. We educate the children and train women.
- We provide health supplements and buy other necessities (study materials, clothes, sports items, books, and toys) for identified impoverished child victims.
- We have fully sponsored 10 HIV victims i.e. we tend to their every need right from education to daily commute. Click here to take care of one HIV infected orphan.
- We spread awareness through various methods; periodical migrant worker counseling, sports activities for youth, and community meetings.
The main objective of this project is to create awareness among the general public about the transmission of AIDS through the sexual mode – as it contributes to more than 80% of HIV/AIDS infection-to minimize the number of AIDS Orphans to a greater level.
Read the story of The Stud to understand how the disease is still rampant in India.
India has experienced a frightening increase in the rate of HIV infection, stands first at the global level in the spread of HIV/AIDS. Today, India, a country with a population of more than one billion, has an overall infection rate of about 1%. This translates to 10 million people infected. Tamil Nadu state has the second-highest infection ratio in India. Tiruvannamalai is one of the most AIDS/HIV infected District of Tamilnadu.
The reason for the spread of AIDS is mainly due to the ignorance of the people as to the cause, transmission routes, and methods of prevention. And too, the poverty in rural villages has caused an increasing daily migration of people to the cities seeking work, and that work is often a high risk for AIDS. Therefore, the spread of AIDS is likely to continue if no adequate measures are taken.
Comprehensive AIDS awareness campaign is vigorously made by local highly motivated voluntary health workers through sustained and targeted interventions among the public at large and more specifically among individuals/youth/groups who are susceptible to high-risk behavior. The youth population is the main focus of this project. Counseling and Rehabilitation measures are taken to the people living with HIV/AIDS.
The results of the above efforts are reflected in the positive changes in the behavioral pattern of the public, especially high-risk groups like Sex workers, Auto and truck drivers, and masons, etc.,. About one million people were motivated by SHAPE through the above Anti AIDS program till now.
World AIDS Day is observed to call the attention of the global community to the gargantuan proportions that AIDS is assuming.
“Unless we take concerted efforts, this killer disease may pose the greatest challenge to Humanity. I make a fervent appeal to the NGOs, the opinion-makers in the society and the public at large to join hands in creating a society free from the scare of HIV and AIDS”
Hon. S. Semmalai – Ex. Health minister.
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