World AIDS Day is celebrated universally on 1st December, “Getting to zero: zero new HIV infections. Zero discrimination. Zero AIDS related deaths”, is the theme for the years 2011 to 2015.
Giving the theme a tangible form, the Catholic Health Association of India (CHAI) celebrated the day with the people of Mudfort slum and Sikh Village Slum, a highly populated area in Secunderabad with more than 800 families.
A free medical health camp and HIV counseling test through mobile Integrated Counselling and Test Centre (ICTC) was conducted. A panel of doctors from CHAI central office and special doctors from Limcy Clinic, Khammam helped in conducting the free medical health check-up.
More than 415 people got their general health checkup done and free medicines were distributed. More than 53 people got their HIV test done out of which 2 were tested positive. Students from St. Francis Junior College and Roda Mistry College of Social Work and Research
Centre performed a street play to create awareness on HIV/AIDS. More than 40 students from both colleges were present at the venues.
Founded in 1943, CHAI is today one of the world’s largest NGO successfully implementing community health interventions throughout India with 484 large hospitals, 121 diocesan social service societies, 27 Nursing schools and 52 Leprosy centers.
CHAI’s massive network comprises 11 Regional Units, 600 sister-doctors, 25,000 sister-nurses and 10,000 plus para-professionals who effectively render succor and support to the needy and the poor.