National AIDS/STD Programme, 2011. 75 p.
Bangladesh. Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Directorate General of Health Service, National AIDS/STD Programme
Bangladesh responded early and decisively to the potential threat of HIV. In the period since the adoption of the first national strategy in 1985, services have been established and scaled up, particularly for Most At Risk Populations (MARPs). Most female sex workers and People Who Inject Drugs (PWID)) are in contact with services. Among developing countries, Bangladesh (based on recent population size estimations) has achieved among the highest level of needle/syringe distribution per PWID among developing countries in the world. While there are weaknesses in the response and new challenges, the response to date has almost certainly reduced the level of HIV transmission and ensured many People Living with HIV (PLHIV) have received treatment. . This strategy has been developed within a results based framework. The goal of the strategy and overall impact will be: By 2015, minimise the spread of HIV and minimize the impact of AIDS on the individual, family, community, and society. The objectives are: Implement services to prevent new HIV infections ensuring universal access; Provide universal access to treatment, care and support services for people infected and affected by HIV; Strengthen the coordination mechanisms and management capacity at different levels to ensure an effective multi-sector HIV/AIDS response; Strengthen the strategic information systems and research for an evidence based response.
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