Combating HIV/AIDS is a multidisciplinary challenge and requires common understanding of the issue and joint commitments from all community members: local authorities, health professionals, businessmen, academics as well as family members and friends.
In this regard, Chittagong has taken the lead in addressing HIV/AIDS as a community bond together by the shared risk and strong commitment to jointly prevent the city from being affected by a disastrous HIV epidemic.
The city was so far lacking trained medical personnel in public and private facilities providing services related to sexually transmissible infections(STIs) and HIV/AIDS to the general population as well as to still marginalized MARPs in the district. CCC invited concerned authorities and stakeholders to jointly launch a training program for health professionals in the city.
Meanwhile, with support from GTZ, more than 400 doctors and nurses from various facilities like Chattagram Maa-O-Shishu, EPZ hospital, Chittagong Port Hospital, Chittagong Medical College Hospital, Different health facilities run by City Corporation and NGOs etc have been trained on ‘ Basics on HIV and AIDS related issues’ including basics on universal precaution and addressing stigmatization of MARPs in health services.
The training was the first step towards the establishment of a permanent training unit for medical professionals in Chittagong—by the CCC Health Department.
Source: The Daily Commercial Times