The World Aids Day 2017 on the theme ‘Right to health’ observed in SEVAI- NGO in Trichy, Tamilnadu.The Founder/Director of SEVAI Dr.K.Govindaraju spoke on the occasion to HIV/AIDS reduction workers of SEVAI, “World AIDS Day is a day dedicated to raise awareness about AIDS and the global spread of the HIV virus. The first World AIDS Day was held in 1988 after health ministers from around the world met in London, England and agreed to such a day as a way of highlighting the enormity of the AIDS pandemic and nations’ responsibility to ensure universal treatment, care and support for people living with HIV and AIDS.
Everyone, regardless of who they are or where they live, has a right to health, which is also dependent on adequate sanitation and housing, nutritious food, healthy working conditions and access to justice ‘Ending AIDS as a public health threat can only happen if this right are placed at the centre of global health, so that quality health care is available and accessible for everyone and leaves no one behind. ‘This year’s World AIDS Day campaign focuses on the right to health.’
Key messages to achieve universal health coverage is Leave no one behind,HIV, tuberculosis and hepatitis services are integrated, High-quality services are available for those with HIV,People living with HIV have access to affordable care and the HIV response is robust and leads to stronger health systems. HIV means one is more likely to live in poverty, and more likely to have poor mental health. But we need a new burst of energy to end stigma, end HIV transmission and end the isolation experienced by people living with HIV, for good”.-Kris