December 1st marks 29 years of commemorating World AIDS Day.This day of awareness has gone from a ‘death sentence’ to a manageable and treatable chronic illness.
As World Aids day was celebrated globally, MedScapeIndia HIV go away campaign completes their fourth year successfully. Currently, Mumbai has estimated 150,000 to 200,000 HIV infected individuals. In the last ten years HIV is leveling off in Mumbai, and in honor of World AIDS day, many celebs of b-town have done their bit to raise awareness about Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS).
Actresses like Preity Zinta, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, and Shabana Azmi have always been in the spotlight for noble causes like this one and have been involved in various humanitarian issues for many years. The social activist and veteran actress Shabana Azmi herself has contributed to the AIDS campaign since 2008.
Recently Global NGO TechAIDS have roped in twenty-two leading Indian film actors to create an instructional animated multi-media content to promote higher education on HIV, especially in schools. Amitabh Bachchan, Akkineni Nagarjuna, Shabana Azmi, Suhashini Maniratnam, Anushka Shetty, Sudeep, Suriya, Imran Khan, and Shruti Hassan have given their voice for the animations to promote HIV prevention among Indian youth.
Dr. Sunita Dube Radiologist and chairperson of MedScapeIndia said,
Key to achievement of the targets lies in innovation in the means of implementation. Strengthening the components of shared responsibility that are financing and governance to ensure efficiency will be critical factors to reaching an End of AIDS where no one is left behind.
Medscape-India is brainchild of Aryan Medical an educational charitable trust which has worked for various awareness campaigns such as, Save the Girl Child, and in away created HIV awareness in various venerable groups every year. This includes truck drivers, mother to child transmission, sex worker awareness conducted at multiple conferences to educate the common man. The social stigma of HIV aids which is being fought on a day-to-day basis has created such a large impact on so many and still till this day 15 million across the world are suffering. It is good though that we have platforms and outlets to openly talk about the problem and find a solution by creating awareness.