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Speakers opined while talking in a round table discussion on Universal access and human rights “Only Coordination and self consciousness can prevent AIDS”

Nothing but self consciousness is most effective to prevent HIV/AIDS. Honesty, religious rules and regulations and self consciousness can keep us free from AIDS.

Though the rate of AIDS infection inBangladeshis still low yet all sorts of possibilities which can extend the risk of AIDS are available here. We have to keep it in our mind that none of us is free from the risk of getting this fatal virus andBangladeshis at the height risk of it. Poverty, lack of basic rights (food, clothing, shelter and education) and gender discrimination compel a person to commit wrong doings.

Unequal rights for female, inequality in taking decision and little opportunity of having a candid discussion on safe sex are also responsible for the high risk of HIV/AIDS. We can prevent AIDS easily if we behave in a modest way, encourage others to behave diffidently, become conscious and make others aware of it.

Still now, there is little scope to freely discuss on HIV/AIDS and other sex related issues because of our social system. But, to become risk-free, keeping better knowledge of it and sharing & caring are most important. Moreover, it is a matter of great concern thatChittagongis one of the most HIV/ AIDS risky areas inBangladesh.

So coordination and cooperation between public and private organizations/institutions are needed to reduce this risk from here. It is a matter of hope that YPSA consortium is implementing HIV/AIDS prevention program with the collaboration between National AIDS/STD Program (NASP), Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MOH&FW) and Save the Children –USA, aided by Global fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM) in Chittagong.

To implement the program- governmental, non-governmental and private organizations are working as a combined force which is a distinctive example of public-private partnership. Cooperation and contribution from every social class are important to prevent HIV/AIDS from the young and highly risky people.

Speakers expressed the above opinions while talking in a round table conference titled “Universal access and human rights” held in Hotel Ambrosia,Chittagongarranged jointly by the Civil Surgeon office,Chittagongand YPSA (Young Power in Social Action) consortium. The meeting was supported by Global Fund and Save the Children USA and it was chaired by Dr. Md. Abu Tayab, Civil Surgeon of Chittagong.

The program was moderated by Mohd. Omar Faruque, Manager, IDU, Save the Children USA and the Keynote paper was presented by Dr. Mirza Monirul Islam, PC-IM of Padakhep. During the conference, representatives of Health Department, Youth Department, Department of Narcotics Control, Directorate general of Family Planning, BGMEA,ChittagongMedicalCollegeand Hospital, Social Welfare Department, Islamic Foundation, local and national print and electronic media, public leaders and different NGOs took part in discussion.