NACP asked to target youth for AIDS awareness
ISLAMABAD: Health Secretary Khushnood Akhtar Lashari on Tuesday directed the National AIDS Control Programme (NACP) to focus on youth and vulnerable population groups for raising awareness of HIV/AIDS in Pakistan.
He was chairing the 6th technical advisory group (TAG) meeting of the NACP here, which discussed the project titled ‘Delivery of behaviour change communication services through television, radio, print media and inter-personal communication interventions.’ The meeting reviewed progress of NACP’s communication strategy during the previous quarter (April-June) and approved a work plan for the quarter ending December 2007.
TAG members emphasised the need for sensitising journalists to HIV/AIDS and arranging their visits to various sites where NACP activities are being conducted.
The programme will also arrange talk shows on ‘Islam and HIV/AIDS’ and other health issues during Ramadan in addition to celebrating World AIDS Day on December 1. Programme Manager Dr Asma Bokhari informed the meeting that the pilot project would be branding the Karachi, Khanewal and Rawalpindi railway stations. She said performance of Zara Sochye, a theatre play, had been arranged in Faisalabad, Sialkot, Mianwali, Multan and Chakwal. She said 12 theatre plays of Zara Si Bhool were recently arranged to raise awareness of HIV/AIDS among people. staff report