‘HIV/AIDS touches every one of us’
With an appeal to ensure the rights of the people who are affected by or living with HIV/AIDS, Save the Children observed the world aids day under the global theme ‘Right to Health’.
As part of the observance, an all staff gathering held on 30 November in the premises. During the occasion Mark Pierce said ‘HIV/AIDS touches every one of us’. He told the story of his deceased friend who had contracted HIV through blood transfusion and was just one year behind of the arrival of the antiretroviral therapy (ART) in the market.
He mentioned that globally 2.1 million children living with HIV and ii Bangladesh, estimated 291 children (aged 0-14 years) were living with HIV and reported number of children receiving ART was 112. The children have been infected mainly by mother to child transmission.
Commenting on the progress of the HIV program of Save the Children, Mark Pierce said,
‘In the evaluation of the Global Fund, we got ‘AI’ rating (exceeds the expectation) consecutively six times which really recognizes that this has been a fabulous, amazing and high performing program for many years. People really need to recognize the global fund team for their tremendous work to consistently record year after year. Because of that the program is starting new grant of the Global Fund from tomorrow for another three years’.
In the gathering five representatives of key populations who are mostly vulnerable to HIV were invited. They shared their lives and learning after coming under the coverage of this program.