The meeting of the District AIDS Council (DAC) meeting was held under the chairmanship of Muhammad Imran Khan, Additional Deputy Commissioner (R & HR). The participants of the meeting were fully briefed about the importance of DAC in Peshawar. Provincial Coordinator of Nai Zindagi Trust shared that DAC will be an advisory body for HIV/AIDS related activities. The DAC will share the progress of Nai Zindagi Trust at district level and will provide coordination, liaison, field coverage and strengthening of referral mechanism.
The progress of Nai Zindagi Trust was explained in detail to the participants of the meeting. The detailed methodology used to reach each PWID in Peshawar district. Each indicator was discussed with the participants of the said meeting. This involved field work for NSEP services, HTC, social mobilization and referral to AAU for 4-6 weeks treatment for detoxification, rehabilitation and initiation of ARVs at AAU level. The spouse component was discussed in detail, as were Living Support Packages (LSP) services for registered deserving spouses.
Muhammad Imran ADC stated that we will 100% support the activities of Nai Zindagi Trust at the district level and that the police will support and facilitate the services of Nai Zindagi Trust.
Both the district administration and the participants of the meeting highly appreciated the activities of Nai Zindagi Trust.
District administration will inform local organization where DUs/IDUs are kept to facilitate Nai Zindagi Trust to scan the registered Nai Zindagi Trust clients to fill the testing gaps.
Muhammad Imran – ADC (R & HR) also informed that the district administration will facilitate Nai Zindagi Trust to start activities in Peshawar Central Jail.
It was decided that the district administration will convene regular meetings of DAC to facilitate PWIDs (People Who Inject Drugs) as well as register and test these PWIDs at the district level.
The following attendance was observed in the meeting
Mr. Muhammad Imran Khan – ADC (R & HR), Peshawar
Mr. Jawad Hussain – Rehab Officer Social Welfare Department Peshawar | Saddam Hussain – Assistant Manager Alkhidmat Foundation Peshawar | Dr. Tahir Ullah – Physician Alkhidmat Foundation Hospital Peshawar | Anwar ul Hassan – Progress Officer LG & RD Peshawar | Dr. Iftikhar Ali – Public Health Coordinator Health Department Peshawar | Dr. Eram Qaym – Focal Person DHO Peshawar | Zafar Khan – SHO PS Faqirabad Peshawar
Adnan Khattak – SMZ NZ Peshawar | Amir Muhammad – AAA NZ Peshawar | Shabbir Ahmad – Provincial Coordinator NZ KP