The second session of the quarterly meeting of the established ‘District AIDS Council’ (DAC) in Rahim Yar Khan, an initiative of Nai Zindagi under the Global Fund Round 9 – HIV grant, was chaired by Mr. Imran Haidar Tipu EDO Community Development, Rahim Yar Khan.
The meeting was well attended by Dr. Hassan Khan District Officer (Health), Mr. Safdar Waraich D.O (Social Welfare), Mr. Ashfaq Gujjar D.S.P (Police), and representatives from Sheikh Zayed Hospital, media, education department and civil society of Rahim Yar Khan.
The participants were informed of the outcome and impact of the Global Fund supported program in Rahim Yar Khan and the achievements were appreciated. A need was expressed to gain permission and support from District Jail Administration to explore the possibilities of access to incarcerated PWID for counseling and VCCT services. Mr. Imran Haider Tipu nominated two focal persons for getting permission to District Administration Jail for conducting the screening of HIV with prisoners and conducting the awareness session with the prisoners and Jail Administration.
Furthermore, a need was expressed for support in establishing ART special Clinic in Sheik Zayed Hospital for sustainability of the program regarding ART Medicines instead of accessing D.G.Khan for this service. Dr. Hassan Khan, EDO Health, agreed to facilitate in this regard.