Times of India
08 October 2011
By , Atul Deshpande
Satara , India
The District AIDS Prevention and Control Unit (DAPCU) of Satara has launched a monthly newsletter to inform other stakeholders about the status of the HIV programme in the district.
The newsletter, Aarogya Mitra, will also seek feedback and support to strengthen services. It will update the efforts taken by the HIV unit, share success stories and highlight issues that need wider collaborations.
“HIV is mostly a vertical programme. We find that not many people are fully informed about the efforts undertaken by us and the services that exist. Through Aarogya Mitra, we are seeking to bridge the communication gap and tell everyone that HIV is no longer a standalone concern, but a part of the public health response. People can read about the service and avail of it and even comment about its quality,” said Dilip Deshmukh, assistant project director, Maharashtra State AIDS Control Society (MSACS).
Aarogya Mitra will have a limited circulation and will be sent to local politicians, opinion makers, educationists, doctors and NGO heads. “We are targeting people who matter to the programme and whose involvement and support will make a difference. It will take the shape of a powerful education tool for the masses in Satara,” said Hemant Bhosale, district programme officer from the Satara District AIDS Prevention and Control Unit.
The newsletter was released on Friday by Satara civil surgeon P S Jagdale and Deshmukh.
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