Goa SACS organized the first GIPA Convention in the state. The objectives of the convention were Strengthen partnership among all key stake holders to increase linkages and over all HIV response, Identify the capacity building needs of PLHIV/Key Populations, Increase awareness about the needs and Scope of CABA, PLHIV and Key Population (KP), Involve and sensitise other line departments to inclusion of PLHIV in existing schemes and increase uptake, Reducing Stigma and Discrimination and Treatment literacy.
The programme began with a welcome address by the Project Director of GoaSACS Dr.Jose D’Sa. He explained the scenario of PLHAs in the state. The Secretary Health Shri.Sudhir Mahajan, IAS in his address spoke about internal stigma among PLHA’S and how HIV should be mainstreamed within organisations.
The Hon’ble Chief Minister of Goa Shri Laxmikant Parsekar was the Chief Guest and he urged people to stop discriminating against people with HIV. "It is stigma and discrimination that kills people with HIV /AIDS more than the infection. A Poster on Social security schemes and a short film on services of GSACS were released. A Tablet application supporting the Outreach workers of Vihaan project to efficiently serve the HIV+ clients was distributed to all the ORWs and Peer Counselor of Vihaan. The Dean of Goa Medical College Dr.Pradeep Naik and CMO Family Welfare Bureau Directorate of Health Services, Dr.Vandana Dhume, Mr.Ravi Bhushan PO (IEC & Mainstreaming) National AIDS Control Organisation were also present at the inaugural.
The 1st Joint Working Group meeting formed at the National Level was held at Directorate of Empowerment of Persons with Disability on 29th September 2016. The outcome of the meeting resulted in a decision to organise a Mega Voluntary Blood Donation Camp at Delhi. The decision was taken to involve all stakeholders of DEPwD and NACO.
To commemorate World AIDS Day, the Voluntary Blood Donation Camp was organised at Pt. DeendayalUpadhyaya Institute for the Physically Handicapped (IPH), Vishnu Digamber Marg, New Delhi on 1st December 2016 .
Hon’ble Union Minister of Social Justice & Empowerment, Shri Thaawarchand Gehlot inaugurated this event. Sh. N.S. Kang, Secretary, Sh. Awanish K. Awashthi, Joint Secretary & CVO, DEPwD; Dr.ShobiniRajan, Assistant Director General & Director National Blood Transfusion Council-NACO and Dr. Bharat Singh, Director Delhi State Blood Transfusion Council were present for the event.
More than 1500 youths participated in the event. 550 persons got themselves screened and counselled for Blood donation out of which 214 Units of blood was collected.
Medical and Para-medical staff from the Blood Banks of six hospital provided their support for the event, which were, Ram Manohar Lohiya Hospital, DeenDayalUpadhyay Hospital, Safderjung Hospital, Guruteg Bahadur Hospital and AIIMS. Indian Red Cross Society and other agencies also provided support in organising the camp.
As a token of appreciation, T-Shirts and Mugs were given to the donors.
Delhi State AIDS Control Society and National Coalition of people living with HIV in India (NCPI+) organized " on 19th December 2016 at Vishwa Yuvak Kendra, N. Delhi. Various issues like education, including the CABA in RTE Act as disadvantage & EWS community, livelihood, protection & shelter homes and nutrition needs were highlighted in the consultation and with the help of NACO, DSACS, WCD and CWC.
An interaction session with five CLHIVs , (3 boys and 2 girls) who had participated in 10K Marathon in Delhi was held at NACO Office. The Session was held on 7th November 2016 at 11 AM, 6th-floor committee room.and was chaired by Secretary & DG, NACO. Joint Secretary, DDGs, DS, US and other NACO officials were also present.
Five Children Living with HIV from Sneha Gram’, a learning site of HIV/AIDS OVC Social Protection Project being implemented ...by Karnataka Health Promotion Trust situated in Bengaluru had taken part in the marathon organised by NEB Sports in New Delhi on November 6, 2016. Children were accompanied by their mentors from Sneha Gram including Fr. Mathew and Mr. Elvis.
Secretary & DG, NACO emphasised that Children’s involvement in sports helps in holistic approach to educate and build skills for a healthy lifestyle and better preparedness for future. He also said that NACO is committed to provide comprehensive care & support to all children infected and affected by HIV and all treatment services for all those who require it.
Earlier, in his welcome note, DDG-IEC and Lab Services, Dr. Naresh Goel welcomed the guest and gave a brief on the earlier interaction with the children. A brief on the care home and services was shared by Fr. Mathew, Director, Sneha Gram.
As a token of appreciation, the marathon runners were presented with mementos by Secretary and DG-NACO and JS-NACO.
'All work and no play makes jack a dull boy'- On the occasion of Diwali, NACO family celebrated togetherness by a small tea-party get-together. The get-together witnessed games, laughter, music, dance and all the merriness going alive amidst the NACO officials, staff and workers, alike. A quiz on the theme of Diwali was conducted by the Joint Secretary, NACO to encourage healthy competition & participation among all officers & officials. The spirit of festivity became brighter with musical and dance performances followed by refreshments to all. Prize was given to the winner of the quiz competition and gifts to all the employees.
Here is a collage of few pics capturing the lighter moments.