Pakistan's National AIDS Control Program Aimed At Raising HIV/AIDS Among Youth

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Pakistani Health Secretary Khushnood Akhtar Lashari on Tuesday called on the National AIDS Control Programme to focus a new project aimed at raising HIV/AIDS awareness through the media on young people and high-risk groups in the country, Pakistan's Daily Times reports. Lashari discussed the project -- titled Delivery of Behavior Change Communication Services Through Television, Radio, Print Media and Interpersonal Communication Interventions -- at a meeting of NACP's technical advisory board to review the progress of the program's communication strategy.

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According to the Times, members of the advisory group emphasized the need to sensitize the media to HIV/AIDS, as well as to arrange media visits to NACP activities in preparation for the project. The project will arrange talk shows on Islam and HIV/AIDS and other health issues during Ramadan.

In addition, the project will participate in World AIDS Day on Dec. 1 and will host plays in several Pakistani cities to raise HIV/AIDS awareness, the Times reports (Daily Times, 8/22).

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