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Lack of coordination worsens HIV infection
« on: February 26, 2007, 09:53:27 PM »
KATHMANDU, Feb 26 - With hundreds of organizations working to prevent the spread of HIV in the country, millions of dollars pour in every year. However, instead of decreasing HIV infection, it is increasing due to lack of coordination among stakeholders and ignorance among the community, speakers said here on Sunday.
"We are not able to unite ourselves to hit the issue," said Bijaya Pandey, project coordinator of Youth Vision, while speaking at a workshop on media advocacy on harm reduction organized by Naya Goreto.

Dipu Joshi, program coordinator of Naya Goreto, said the community continues to ignore the problem. "They should realize it's high time we focused on harm reduction to decrease the number of new HIV infections," he said. Joshi added that out of 60,000 drug users, 50 percent are injecting drugs (UNAIDS 2002 report). Similarly, hundreds of housewives are getting infected.

He also said that instead of ignoring drug users, it's a must to realize that society is changing everyday, and when children hardly get parental care, it pushes the younger generation toward drugs. "So, we have to focus on tackling this situation too," he said.

Despite the country being the first in the region to start harm reduction programs, it has failed. He said organizations have also failed to bring up the level of understanding among men visiting sex workers. "They think going to high-charging ones (sex workers) will save them from HIV infection. This is how they understand it, and this ultimately helps spread HIV."

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