JSI Helps Pakistan Address the Recent Increase in HIV Cases

June 18th, 2019 | News

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From the article linked below: “The findings from a rapid assessment on HIV-related knowledge and attitudes…concluded that information about HIV is very limited among the affected communities.

“Many parents and caregivers informed that they heard about HIV for the first time on the day their children were diagnosed or following the panic when the outbreak reports started coming out through the media. This lack of information created panic, misconception, and misinformation. Families with positive children are shunned and isolated and some have lost their businesses.

“To address this situation, UNAIDS together with UNICEF, UNFPA, WHO, and JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc., has supported national partners to develop a community response plan which will engage communities at all levels to reduce stigma and discrimination and promote health education.”

More broadly, and with funding from USAID, our Integrated Health Systems Strengthening and Service Delivery (IHSS-SD) Activity is helping Pakistan implement the Global Health Security Agenda. At the center of this effort is strengthening Pakistan’s health system to be able to detect, report, and respond to public health events (like outbreaks of HIV and other infectious diseases) within the quickest time possible to minimize associated morbidity and mortality. JSI is doing this work not only in Sindh, but also in other provinces across the country including Punjab, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, and others.

Read the article in Pakistan’s Daily Times.

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