IRCS, Health Ministry Join Forces on HIV

IRCS, Health Ministry Join Forces on HIV

The Youth Organization of the Iranian Red Crescent Society (IRCS) and the Center for Management of Contagious Diseases at the ministry of health and medical education, signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with a focus on HIV prevention, said Dr. Vahid Ghobadi Dana, IRCS head.
“The MoU seeks to educate the younger generation on HIV virus, which causes AIDS, who can share their knowledge and raise awareness on the issue in the provinces,” IRNA quoted him as saying.
The preventive purposes of the MoU correspond to the tasks of the Youth Organization to reduce human suffering, raise awareness on how to prevent or deal with the disease, ensure health and safety for all, control HIV incidence as well as other sexually transmitted diseases, and harvest the immense potential of young volunteers in thwarting social harms.
“Devising education content suitable for the diverse groups targeted by the IRCS in several languages and holding edifying HIV campaigns are also among the MoU provisions,” he noted.
Both sides are looking to conduct joint research in addition to holding scientific conferences and seminars on issues that inflict young adults today. A working group comprising representatives from the two sides will be formed at the Youth Organization to plan preventive action and monitor program implementation, present a report on the progress of plans, and identify and evaluate strengths and weaknesses of the programs. The MoU stands for two years.

Over the past three decades, HIV has emerged in astronomical proportions. Globally there are approximately 40.3 million people living with HIV/AIDS today and the number is increasing. The human immunodeficiency virus is relatively difficult to catch when compared to others such as Influenza, but a countless mix of social issues has allowed the virus to gain a major foothold in all nations.
The colossal nature of the epidemic has led to mass fear and numerous misconceptions of the virus. This has led to disgrace and discrimination of those infected around the world as people seek to explain what they do not understand. Unfortunately, this only hampers efforts to stop the global pandemic. In order to effectively combat HIV/AIDS around the world, all of its social inflictions must be effectively addressed.

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