The meeting was presided over by Ms. Sumaira Rabbani, Additional Deputy Commissioner, Head Quarter. The following people attended the meeting: Dr. Rauf Azam, Medical Officer Central Jail Bahawalpur; Dr. Khalid Mehmood Arain, District Coordinator IRMNCH (participating on behalf of CEO Health Bahawalpur); Dr. Khalid Mehmood Chanar, District Coordinator Preventive Programme Bahawalpur; Dr. Anila Ali, AMS Bahawal Victoria Hospital Bahawalpur; Dr. Nasrullah Khan, AMS Sadiq Abbassi Hospital Bahawalpur; and Abid Rizwi, Deputy Director Information.

Participating from the Nai Zindagi Trust were Muhammad Imran Khan, Manager, District Coordination; Dr. Mubashar Ahmad Malik, Provincial Coordinator, Punjab; Rana Muhammad Bilal Sarwar, Site Manager, CoPC+ Bahawalpur; Muhammad Ali Arslan, AAA; Rab Nawaaz, ORS; Liaquat Hussain, DEO; and Zahid Manzoor, DEO.

Manager District Coordination Muhammad Imran Khan greeted everyone at the meeting, gave an overview of DAC objectives. A comprehensive presentation on the HIV/AIDS status in the Bahawalpur district, including statistics, trends, and challenges, was also given by Muhammad Imran Khan and Dr. Mubahsar Ahmad Malik.  He further shared that Nai Zindagi Trust provides essential services and HIV treatment to affected PWID, spouses, and children.

In this meeting, Nai Zindagi Trust Representatives presented performance indicators for the ongoing program and activities undertaken by the Nai Zindagi Trust for safeguarding PWIDs from HIV in Bahawalpur district from February 2013 to date. All of the participants were completely satisfied with the Nai Zindagi Trust’s performance in the district.

Ms. Sumaira Rabbani (ADC-HQ Bahawalpur) and representatives of all the departments appreciated the work of the Nai Zindagi Trust and were assured of their support in the prevention of HIV in the district. Later, she also requested extended support for Nai Zindagi by addressing relevant district departments. Taking advantage of this opportunity, a letter of support in favor of the Nai Zindagi Trust to avoid police harassment, free-of-cost baseline investigations for HIV-positive clients, and a separate ward of at least 4 beds for the treatment of HIV-positive clients were requested. In response, ADC took immediate notice and directed the concerned departments.

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