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T he #EndAIDS Campaign has been started across the country, currently their interventions reach 29 states and 3 union territories. The campaign, in the early stages got huge attention from the Indian public. The campaign later also received digital and print media attention. The campaign is run by 5 Non-Government Organisations(NGOs) in India. The campaign being hosted by HIV AIDS Alliance India, have touched a million hearts. The work of End AIDS campaign has been recognized and appreciated by everyone across the globe. Their interventions reached out to the masses which are often discriminated and also denied primary healthcare.
The #End AIDS campaign is undertaken by 5 NGOs. They together reached out to 1.5 million people in 2015, helping prevent the transmission of AIDS and provide access to medical care to the people who are a victim of this deadly disease. They regularly conduct activities and events to spread awareness about AIDS and address the stigma associated with it. They also target to help the vulnerable population and aware them about the measures of prevention. Their focus is to provide equitable healthcare to the underprivileged.
The five organisations working together towards an AIDS-free India are Alliance India, Mamta, Humsafar Trust, Lepra Society and Vasavya Mahila Mandal. They have joined hands to accelerate the response to the HIV epidemic in our country.
End AIDS India conducted a special awareness programme on the international 'AIDS vaccine' day to spread awareness about the vaccine of the fatal virus, especially among the vulnerable mass.
The End AIDS India campaign also strives to break the common myths about AIDS in the society. They believe that a sufferer of AIDS requires support and care. With proper medication and nutrition, a person living with HIV can also lead a healthy and fullfilling life. But unfortunately, most of the HIV-positive people are abandoned and disowned by their own family and friends. The individuals with HIV are often doubted to have a bad character and thus are boycotted from the society. End AIDS organisation believes that there is an immediate need to break 'myths' like these.
End AIDS India have helped people to access medical care. They have helped the under privileged categories like the sex workers and transgenders (hijras) who are often denied primary medical facilities. They believe that no human should be denied medical help on the basis of gender, caste, profession or race. Currently, about half a million women and children in India are getting medical assistance through their programmes. They aim to eliminate HIV/AIDS from the country till 2030 with the joint efforts of everybody.
The little girl who had lost her parents at the age of 2 (because of AIDS) aspires to become a counsellor, that is rare to hear from a 14-year-old. One day, when Deepa returned from school she was unwell. Despite taking medicines, she didn't recover. She soon developed partial paralysis and her vision was affected.
A nurse at a near Primary Healthcare observed Deepa's maladies and discussed it with Asha, an outreach worker (ORW). As Asha came to know about the death of Deepa's parents, she immediately took Deepa for an HIV test. As feared, it was positive. Deepa was also diagnosed with Tuberculosis. She was soon put on treatment for the two diseases and she responded to the HIV infection quite well. Now she is doing fine and returned to school. She cleared her 10th standard exam with great percentage.
Diwali, the festival of lights and moreover happiness, brings joy and celerbrations every year. But we forget that everyone isin't that lucky and many people around us are not that privileged to celebrate this festival. So let's make a change this Diwali and help some less privileged people to experience the enlightment of Diwali. You can go on END AIDS INDIA and contribute your bit.