'Access Equity Rights Now' is the theme of World AIDS Day 2016. Access Equity Rights is Now is a call to action to work together and reach the people who still lack access to comprehensive treatment, prevention, care and support services.
World AIDS Day is held on the 1st December each year and is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died. World AIDS Day is a day when people around the world raise awareness about HIV/AIDS. They assert their duties and responsibilities in order to increase human cooperation and possible homogeneous correspondence between the mass and the HIV affected people. On this day the individuals and organizations come together to bring attention to the global AIDS epidemic and introduce ways concerning how AIDS can be treated, how it can be prevented from spreading and how the world can ensure that a deadly disease never happen.
India has the third largest number of HIV cases worldwide, with an estimated 21 lakh people living with HIV. Of these, around 15 lakh have been diagnosed and 10 lakh are on ART. According to a Lancet study, 1.96 lakh new cases emerged in 2015, and the number of people who died of AIDS-related complications is 1.3 lakh.
Civil society has been part of the HIV/AIDS response from the very beginning of the epidemic, often becoming engaged before national governments. Traditional roles of civil society-advocacy, activism, serving as government watchdog, and acting as community caretaker-have been critical to the response.
In response to the World AIDS DAY, Niyatee Foundation organized community awareness programme at various slums of Bhubaneswar through its field coordinator. Throughout the week we have organized awareness programme with the Women Self-Help-Groups. The objective is collectively worked out for access to comprehensive treatment, prevention, care and support services for the HIV infected persons. Our volunteer, Community Mobiliser, youth leaders and supporters help in organizing the programme.