Public Health

World AIDS Day 2014 Theme

December 1 is celebrated as the World AIDS Day and the theme this year is:

Focus, Partner, Achieve: An AIDS-Free Generation

Arguably one of the most effective plans for global health awareness and Information, Education and Communication activities, the World AIDS Day is generally aimed at getting to zero: zero new infections, zero AIDS related deaths, and what is very important, zero discrimination.

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At present India is poised to start a new round of massive surveillance work based on a new principle that has been mulled over for a while now in the global health community: Integrated Biological and Behavioral Surveillance. The National AIDS Control Organization (NACO) India has detailed documentation of this on the official website which can be accessed here.

It is time to reverse the trend and get to Zero!

Skeptic Oslerphile. PhD Student in the Department of International Health at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Past: 1) Public Health Scientist and Program Manager, Translational Global Health Policy Research Cell, Department of Health Research, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India. 2) Scientist, Indian Council of Medical Research, National Institute of Cholera and Enteric Diseases; 3) Senior Research Associate, Public Health Foundation of India. Interests include: Emerging Infections, Public Health, Antimicrobial Resistance, One Health and Zoonoses, Diarrheal Diseases, Medical Education, Medical History, Open Access, Healthcare Social Media and Health2.0. Opinions are my own!

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