The District AIDS Council (DAC) convened in the Faisalabad Deputy Commissioner’s office conference room on May – 8, 2024. The meeting was presided over by Mr. Asif Ali, Additional Deputy Commissioner, Head Quarter. The following people attended the meeting: Dr. Adnan Ahmad (participating on behalf of CEO Health Faisalabad), Dr. Saleem Ahmad Tahir Harral ADMS Allied Hospital ; DR Nazia  Incharge ART Center Faisalabad; Mohsin Ghani (Sub Inspector on behalf of Security Branch). Abdur Raheem Cheema City Manager Green Star (GSM TCI); Muhammad Irfan DEO secondary Education.

Participating from the Nai Zindagi Trust were Muhammad Imran Khan, Manager, District Coordination; Dr. Mubashar Ahmad Malik, Provincial Coordinator, Punjab; Ramzan Ali, Site Manager, CoPC+ Faisalabad; Abid Hussain, AAA; Adeel Rafique , AAA; Mozzam Irshad (HTC Counsellor), Shakeel Masih ORS;

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 Faisalabad 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 Faisalabad district from 2019 to date. All of the participants were completely satisfied with the Nai Zindagi Trust’s performance in the district.

Asif Ali (ADC-HQ Faisalabad) 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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