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Pakistan NGOs call for Church action on HIV

ucanews.com reporter, Lahore

ucanews.com reporter, Lahore

Updated: December 13, 2010 05:13 AM GMT
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Christian organizations meeting with local partners of Global Fund in Lahore
Christian organizations meeting with local partners of Global Fund in Lahore
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Christian non-profit organizations have urged the Catholic Church to join the efforts to help HIV/AIDS victims in Pakistan. “There is no Church-run project for people living with HIV and AIDS at present in the country,” Franciscan Brother Khushi Lal, officer-in-charge of the New Lights Aids Control Society in Karachi, told ucanews.com in Lahore. He said it was ideally placed to play a greater role. "The Catholic Church has the resources," he said. Brother Lal spoke on the sidelines of a meeting between faith-based organizations and local partners of Global Fund, the largest international agency to combat HIV AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis. It was jointly organized by the Aids Awareness Society (AAS) and Rasti Foundation. The Catholic organizers urged participants to identify sectors affected by the epidemic and formulate control programs. “Christian NGOs are segregated and need to be brought into mainstream,” said Nihal, AAS director, to the representatives of six NGOs including Caritas Pakistan. There are only two Christian organizations working on the capacity building and treatment of AIDS patients, Nihal said. They also highlighted the problems of shortage of drugs to control the disease and the high cost of this medicine. Brother Lal said his organization is sending medicines to more than 500 patients in the westernmost Balochistan province where there are no care and support centers for HIV positive people. He said there the situation is similar in the northern tribal areas. “The Church needs to explore this matter more,” he said. There are 97,400 HIV-infected adults in Pakistan, according to the National Aids Control Program. It noted a 5 percent increase in HIV infections among injecting drug users in the major cities over the past few years. Related report Lahore Church offers HIV tests and advice PA12434.1632

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