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Government of Jammu & Kashmir
J&K State AIDS Prevention & Control Society,
Department of Health & Medical Education

1st Floor, SEERAT Complex,
Sector 14,Nanak Nagar
Jammu - 180004,
Website:www.jksacs.org
Mail: jksacs@gmail.com
Telefax : 0194-2471579

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J&K State AIDS Control Society celebrated International Youth Day 2017 in collaboration with Red Ribbon Club of IGES Institute of Nursing and Health Sciences, Jammu

J&K State AIDS Control Society celebrated International Youth Day 2017 in collaboration with Red Ribbon Club of IGES Institute of Nursing and Health Sciences, Jammu. The Chief Guest of the function was Dr. Mushtaq Ahmad Rather, Project Director JKSACS & Mohd. Rafiq, Director Finance, Health & Medical Deptt. & Mrs. Deepika B. Thakur, Deputy Director, IEC, JKSACS were the Guest of Honor.
The display of impressive Rangoli Contest and Poster Contest was appreciated by the Guests who also showed keen interest in the exhibition put up by the students of the institution. The programme started with welcome address by Mrs. Indira Moza, Principal of the Institute.
Speaking on the occasion Dr. Mushtaq Ahmad Rather Project Director, JKSACS signified the role of youth in bringing peace. He also appreciated the students of IGES Institution in their efforts for HIV/AIDS awareness and drug de-addiction especially through creative and innovative ways like Rangoli and Posters. Dr. Amit Vaid Chairman IGES Institute appreciated the efforts of JKSACS in involving youth of this college under Red Ribbon Club and motivating them to make efforts for ‘youth building peace’. Dr. Amit Vaid assured all help in making efforts for involving youth of this institution on issues related to HIV/AIDS. An engrossing and thought provoking skit was performed by the students. The different aspects in the skit dealt with motivating youth against drug abuse and the message of HIV/AIDS awareness and the facilities being provided by JKSACS were aesthetically conveyed which was appreciated by Project Director JKSACS. A debate contest on this year’s theme was also held which inspired the youth to fight against drug abuse and HIV/AIDS awareness and for peace building efforts. A colorful Kashmiri folk dance also captivated the audience.
As a token of appreciation mementoes were presented to the Chief Guest Dr. Mushtaq Ahmad Rather, Project Director, JKSACS, Guest of Honor Mohd. Rafiq, Director Finance, Health & Medical Deptt. & Mrs. Deepika B. Thakur, Deputy Director, JKSACS. Dr. Yash Pal Karsayal, Assistant Director, JKSACS & Dr. Sumeera Khan, Programme Officer of JKSACS as special guests were also presented mementoes. All those who attended the International Youth Day Programme included Staff of JKSACS Mr. Risheesh Khajuria, Asstt. Director, Mrs. Radhika Sudhan, Asstt. Director, Mr. Rajesh Sharma, Asstt. Director, Mr. Nissar Ahmad Dar, Asstt. Director, Mr. Irfan Bhat, Asstt. Director Mrs. Poonam Gupta, DA, Mrs. Santosh Devi, DA, Mr. Santosh Kumar, DA and staff of IGES included Mr. Surinder Gupta, Vice Chairman, IGES, Mr. Abhi Gupta, Sect. IGES, Mr. S. Gurbaksh Singh, CEO, IGES etc.

 

 

J&K AIDS Control Society (JKSACS), held an HIV/AIDS'awareness programme at NCC camping ground Nagrota, Jammu

In its efforts to reach out lo the youth of the far flung areas of the state, J&K AIDS Control Society (JKSACS), held an HIV/AIDS'awareness programme at NCC camping ground Nagrota, Jammu in collaboration with '2'"1 J&K Indep Coy NCC Bhaderwah’ on July 25"’ 2017.
Around 500 NCC cadets of Bhaderwah region who were already being trained in the annual training camp at Nagrota, Jammu were educated about the various aspects ol I IIV/AIDS in addition to their routine NCC training.
Such activities are being given top most priority by JKSACS on a regular basis under the guidance of Dr. Mushtaq Ahmed Rather, Project Director JKSACS to cover the adolescent population of the state especially the youth of the far flung areas of J&K. ILiC team comprising of Deputy Director, Mrs. Deepika 13 Thakur and Assistants Directors, Mr. Kisheesh Khajuria and Mrs. Radhika Sudhan participated in the 11IV/AIDS awareness programme.
To begin with, DD (IHC), Mrs. Deepika 13 Thakur dwelt in detail about the different aspects of HIV/AIDS and disseminated information about the various facilities being provided free of cost by JKSACS for the common masses as per the guidelines of National AIDS Control Programme. DD (I EC) also emphasized the role of NCC Cadets in disseminating HIV/AIDS awareness.
An interactive session with the NCC Cadets who asked various questions to clear their doubts was also held wherin AD (Publicity), Mr. Risheesh Khajuria and AD (GIPA), Mrs. Radhika Sudhan answered the queries of the NCC Cadets. 1EC material was also distributed among the cadets on this occasion. The cadets also pledged to be the ambassadors of JKSACS to disseminate the information in their respective areas.
The lively programme was appreciated by the team of '2"'1 J&K Indep Coy NCC' specially the Officer Commanding, 1.1. Col. Ravindra Singh under whose command the whole camp activity was being carried- out. In the end a token of appreciation was presented to the JKSAC team by Lt. Col. Ravindra Singh, Officer Commanding.

 

Meeting of the Joint Working Group on HIV/AIDS for combating the spread of HIV infected/affected people,

JAMMU - 05th July 2017……........... An inter departmental coordination meeting of the Joint Working Group on HIV/AIDS for combating the spread of HIV infected/affected people, De-addiction of drugs and promoting safe & Voluntary Blood Donation Camps was held in the office chamber of the Project Director, J&K State AIDS Control Society on 29-06-2017 in which Dr. G. N. Ittoo, Director School Education was a special invitee.

The meeting was attended by the representatives from various crucial departments of the State including Directorate of School Education, Women’s Development Corporation, J&K, Srinagar, Directorate of ICDS Projects and Directorate of Youth Services & Sports, Kashmir.

Various issues concerning HIV/AIDS were discussed including wholesome HIV/AIDs awareness at various levels across the State by Dr. Mushtaq Ahmed Rather, Project Director, J&K State AIDS Control Society, Srinagar. It was also suggested that for promoting safe voluntary Blood Donation Camps, JKSACS should organize camps. It was also decided that a message regarding Opiod Substitution Therapy (OST) be aired through Big FM.

Dr. G. N. Ittoo, Director, School Education, Kashmir agreed upon for providing full support for conducting training of teachers in Kashmir Division. He further, suggested to open four OST Centers each in Jammu and Kashmir regions. Director, School Education informed that a plan on Drug de-addiction has already been submitted to Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir which will be shared by them with JKSACS.

 

world blood donor day 2017

JAMMU - 14th June 2017……........... A mega function was organized by J&K State AIDS Control Society (JKSACS) in collaboration with PG Department of Blood Transfusion Medicine GMC, Jammu and Indian Red Cross Society, Jammu on World Blood Donor Day 2017 in the Auditorium of Government Medical Jammu here today. The Chief Guest of the function was Mr. Bali Bhagat, Hon’ble Minister for Health & Medical Education, Government of J&K. Dr. Sunanda Raina, Principal GMC, Jammu was the Guest of Honour.
At the onset the Hon’ble Minister Mr. Bali Bhagat inaugurated voluntary blood donation campaign and also released balloons to mark the significance of the day.
Speaking on the occasion the chief guest Mr. Bali Bhagat explained the importance of celebration of the day and also emphasized the need for gearing up World Blood Donor Campaign to meet the need for sufficient blood in the blood banks functional in J&K. He also informed the audience that blood is required by all irrespective of religion, caste, colour, creed and regions and appealed people from all strata of life to motivate regular voluntary blood donation. He assured all help from health department in ensuring success of this voluntary blood campaign to save precious human lives.
The function started with the lighting of ceremonial lamp and singing of Saraswati Vandana by the students. The welcome address was delivered by Dr. Mushtaq Ahmed Rather, Project Director J&K State AIDS Control Society (JKSACS), wherein he highlighted the theme for this years’ World Blood Donor Day. He appealed the masses particularly the youth to come forward for donating blood voluntarily. He appreciated the efforts of Hon’ble Minister, Mr. Bali Bhagat for ensuring support for this noble cause of blood donation campaign. The launching of this campaign will certainly go a long way in preventing and controlling HIV/AIDS in J&K.
Dr. Mushtaq Ahmed Rather, Project Director, JKSACS also sought the cooperation of all under the stewardship of the Hon’ble Minister for meeting this challange. He also felt the strong need for blood donation drive across the state to meet the shortage of blood especially the rare groups in case of emergencies.
Others who spoke on the occasion included Dr. Sunanda Raina, Pricipal GMC, Jammu and Dr. Meena Sidhu, Associate Professor and in-charge Blood Bank SMGS hospital Jammu.
As a token of appreciation of their commitment towards the cause of blood donation mementoes were presented to the dignitaries on behalf of J&K State AIDS Control Society. Mementoes and certificates were also distributed among the regular voluntary blood donors and the organizations related with this campaign. The Students who had participated in the poster making and slogan writing contest in connection with the celebration of this day, were also given prizes.
The vote of thanks was presented by Dr. Tabassum Jabeen, Deputy Director, JKSACS.
Deputy Director (IEC)
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Secretary H&ME convenes meetings of various committees of JKSACS.

JAMMU 16th February 2016 ………... J&K State AIDS Control Society (JKSACS) organized four different meetings under the chairmanship of Secretary Health & Medical Education, Government of J&K to overview the work of various committees existing in JKSACS under the guidelines of National AIDS Control Programme of Government of India - a central sector scheme in the meeting hall of the Directorate of ISM, J&K here today.
The meetings conducted were Executive Committee, State Grievance Redressal Committee (SGRC), HIV-TB collaboration and State Blood Transfusion Council meetings which were all held under the chairmanship of Dr. M.K. Bhandari (IAS), Secretary to Government of J&K, Department of Health & Medical Education.
Various issues of importance were discussed and deliberated upon in these meetings and instructions were issued on spot for further necessary action required on different matters.
Prominent issues that were taken up for discussion in these meetings were Licensing of Blood Banks, E-Blood Banking in the state, Mainstreaming with different departments for including People living with HIV/AIDS (PLHIV) in various government schemes, Providing financial assistance to PLHIV, space for proper functioning of Anti- Retroviral Therapy centre in SKIMS Soura, Kashmir, Rolling out of various MoUs in the state that have been signed with different departments at the national level, setting up of facility integrated counseling and testing centres across the state, free HIV testing of anti-natal cases at all levels under JSSK scheme, increasing voluntary blood donation in the state, creating transparency in the distribution of blood and blood products, regulation of registered private nursing homes providing blood facilities, increasing coordination between the various wings of the health department for proper implementation of schemes and issues of pending dues of JKSACS employees.
Those who attended the meeting included DG, ISM; Project Director AIDS Control, Principal GMC Jammu, Director Finance H&ME, Additional Secretary H&ME, DHS Jammu, Mission Director NHM, Controller Drugs J&K, General Secretary IRCS J&K, HOD Medicine GMC Jammu, HOD Microbiology GMC Jammu, HOD Blood Bank GMC Jammu, STO Kashmir, WHO RNTCP Consultant, MOI Blood Bank Kathua, TB/HIV Coordinator STCS Jammu and officers of JKSACS.
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Project Director

HIV Screening cum awareness camp at District Jail Amphalla.

JAMMU January 18th…………... J&K State AIDS Control Society (JKSACS) and District Jail Amphalla jointly organized a screening cum AIDS Awareness camp in the premises of District Jail Amphalla, Jammu for the jail inmates. The programme was specially organized under the aegis of Sh. S.K. Mishra, IPS, and Director General of Police, Prisons J&K to create awareness about health issues among the jail inmates and for the timely detection of HIV.

About 100 Jail inmates and Officers/Officials from different faculties of Prisons were made aware on different aspects of HIV/AIDS and were also explained the reason for conducting the screening cum awareness programme in the jail premises.

The programme began with a welcome note from Superintendent of Amphalla Jail Sh. Harish Kotwal which was followed by the key address of Sh. S.K. Mishra, IPS, Director General of Police, Prisons J&K who dwelt in detail about the various welfare measures being taken by the Prisons department for the betterment of inmates lodged in various jails of the state.

Assistant Director (Publicity) JKSACS, Mr. Risheesh Khajuria gave a comprehensive lecture to the jail inmates and explained in simple language about the disease, its transmission, stigma and discrimination associated with it and how to deal with the situations arising out once a person is detected HIV positive.

Project Director JKSACS, Dr. Saleem-ur-Rehman; while inspecting the screening camp gave on spot instructions for screening the inmates for hepatitis B & C also in addition to HIV and gave assurance for providing the necessary help as it will help in containing the transmission of these three deadly diseases. The Jail staff also conducted the blood grouping of the inmates along with HIV screening. The programme was attended by Dr. Yashpal Karsyal Assistant Director, JKSACS and Medical Officers of District Jail Amphalla Jammu namely Dr. Harinder Singh Bedi, Dental Surgeon; Dr. Vivek Mangotra, Medical Officer; Dr. Haider Ali, Medical Officer and Dr. Shamshad Begum Medical Officer.

Press Release regarding VBD camp at GDC Akhnoor

JAMMU 27th October 2015…………... J&K State AIDS Prevention & Control Society (JKSACS) organized a Voluntary Blood Donation Camp in collaboration with the Red Ribbon Club of Government Degree College, Akhnoor and PG Department of Blood Transfusion Medicine, Government Medical College, Jammu in the premises of the GDC, Akhnoor here today.

The Camp was inaugurated by Hon’ble Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA), Akhnoor Sh. Rajeev Sharma who appreciated efforts of the college in motivating the students for this noble cause and also the J&K State AIDS Control Society for supporting the Institution in this campaign.

The welcome address was given by Prof. Reva Lakhnotra, I/c Red Ribbon Club of GDC, Akhnoor who welcomed all the dignitaries, officials and the students who were present on the occasion.

The initiative for organizing this camp was under taken by the Principal, Govt. Degree College, Akhnoor Dr. S.P. Sharma who in his address talked about the importance of organizing such awareness camps for the student community especially for those coming from rural, far-flung and border areas of our state.

 Dr. Sonia Gupta, Demonstrator along with her team from PG Department of Blood Transfusion Medicine, Govt. Medical College, Jammu conducted the screening of the donors followed by Blood Donation.  Forty (40) Volunteers from different units of the college like RRC, NSS & NCC donated their blood under supervision of Prof. Reva Lakhnotra, Prof. Surinder Singh Parihar, Prof. Kuldeep Kumar and Prof. Sushma Bala of GDC, Akhnoor.

Sh. Risheesh Khajuria, Assistant Director (IEC) & Mr. Rajesh Sharma Assistant Director (Youth Affairs) from J&K State AIDS Control Society interacted with the students and motivated them for acting as the ambassadors of the department for disseminating the information on HIV/AIDS and also for donating blood voluntarily on regular basis.

            Information Education and Communication (IEC) material especially designed for awareness on HIV/AIDS was distributed among the Students of the college.  The material consisted of booklets and leaflets on HIV/AIDS.  The messages in the IEC material were clear and written in simple language which was appreciated by the Principal of the college who instructed his staff to keep some copies of IEC material in the Library for the benefit of other students of the college. 

 

JAMMU 1st October 2015…………... J&K State AIDS Prevention & Control Society (JKSACS) organized an HIV/AIDS Awareness Programme in collaboration with in District Jail, Ambphalla for the Jail Inmates.

The programme began with an introduction from the Superintendent of Jail Sh. Harish Kotwal, who briefed the jail inmates about the importance of holding the AIDS Awareness programme inside the jail premises. Such programmes are being organized on a regular basis for the Jail inmates under the able guidance of Sh. S.K. Mishra, IPS Director General of Police, Prisons J&K.

Dr. Arti Bakshi, HOD Psychology University of Jammu dwelt in detail about the different aspects of HIV/AIDS in a simple but impressive manner. She interacted with the jail inmates and clarified their doubts regarding HIV/AIDS. The interactive session which followed was very informative and educative in which the officers of J&K State AIDS Control Society also provided information regarding the facilities and services being provided by the government to the common masses free of cost. They also complimented the staff of the jail under supervision of Superintendent Jail for very lively and congenial atmosphere in premises of the Jail.

About 160 Jail inmates and Officers/Officials were imparted training/awareness on different aspects of HIV/AIDS. Dr. Harinder Singh Bedi, Dental Surgeon and the Medical Officers of the District Jail also spoke on the occasion and highlighted the consequences of the disease.

The inmates as well as the Jail staff appreciated the efforts being made by the Director General of Police, Prisons J&K for creating awareness about such disease and requested that such programmes/camps should also be organized in future.

The programme was attended by JKSACS officers, who included Mrs. Deepika B. Thakur, Dy. Director (IEC) Sh. Risheesh Khajuria Assistant Director (IEC) & Sh. Rajesh Sharma Assistant Director (Youth Affairs).

 

JAMMU August, 12th 2015……... J&K State AIDS Control Society (JKSACS) in collaboration with Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan, Shri Ranbir Campus, Kot-Bhalwal, Jammu organized HIV/AIDS awareness programme in connection with the celebration of International Youth Day in the Campus of Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan, Jammu.  The Chief Guest of the function was Mrs. Deepika B. Thakur, Deputy Director (IEC), J&K State AIDS Control Society and the Guest of Honour was Mr. Risheesh Khajuria Assistant Director (IEC), JKSACS and Special Guest was Mr. Rajesh Sharma Assistant Director (Youth Affairs), JKSACS. 

            Speaking on the occasion the Chief Guest dwelt in detail about different aspects of HIV/AIDS and highlighted the significance of role of Youth in making a change in the Society.  She also highlighted the role of youth in mitigating the suffering of the people and also spoke on the theme of International Youth Day “Youth Civic Engagement” – A step towards change.   

            Mr. Risheesh Khajuria, Assistant Director (IEC), JKSACS interacted with students and also answered their queries related to HIV/AIDS & the role of youth in creating awareness about health issues in general and HIV/AIDS in particular.  Mr. Rajesh Sharma, Assistant Director (Youth Affairs), JKSACS also spoke on the role of youth particularly the participants of Red Ribbon Clubs for disseminating HIV/AIDS awareness among the youth community.  He also thanked the institution for giving an opportunity for organizing HIV/AIDS awareness programme in the campus.

Earlier speaking on the occasion the Principal of Rashtriya Sanskrit Sansthan, Shri Ranbir Campus, Kot-Bhalwal, Jammu Prof. Ramanuja Devanathan welcomed the guests and the students and explained to the audience that such type of viral disease was not prevalent in our society as the life style of the people was very simple and disciplined. He also assured that such type of programmes on HIV/AIDS shall be organized on regular basis in collaboration with JKSACS under Red Ribbon Club Programme.

            It is pertinent to mention here that the students of the institution had participated in poster making contest and debate related to HIV/AIDS on International Youth Day.  The winners were also honored on the occassion.  The students of institution also presented a thought provoking play highlighting different aspects of HIV/AIDS.  IEC material specially prepared by JKSACS on HIV/AIDS Awareness was distributed amongs the students.

Vote of thanks was presented by Ms. Neetu

 

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Deputy Director(IEC)

 

Government of Jammu & Kashmir
J&K State AIDS Prevention & Control Society,
Department of Health & Medical Education

1st Floor, SEERAT Complex,
Sector 14,Nanak Nagar
Jammu - 180004,
Website:www.jksacs.org
Mail: jksacs@gmail.com
Telefax : 0194-2471579

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A Voluntary blood donation camp was organized by J&K State AIDS Control Society on the last day (3rd May 2015) of the mega health mela being organized by Directorate of Health Services Jammu at Basohli. Ch. Lal Singh Hon’ble Minister for Health and Medical Education and ARI & Trainings J&K State set an example for the youth of Basohli and the officers accompanying him by voluntarily donating blood as the first donor during the camp. The second donor of the camp was Dr. Mohan Singh Project Director J&K State AIDS Control Society followed SDM Basohli and other officers of the district administration Kathua and other officers of the Health and Medical Education Department. Further the female doctors of Health and Medical Education Department also donated Blood voluntarily for setting an example for the female folk of the area. A team of doctors and paramedics from blood bank GMC Jammu under the supervision of Dr. Vijay Sawhney HOD Blood Bank provide all the technical support for making the camp successful. Approximately 100 units of blood were collected during the camp.

 

Sd/-
Deputy Director(IEC)

Government of Jammu & Kashmir
J&K State AIDS Prevention & Control Society,
Department of Health & Medical Education

1st Floor, SEERAT Complex,
Sector 14,Nanak Nagar
Jammu - 180004,
Website:www.jksacs.org
Mail: jksacs@gmail.com
Telefax : 0194-2471579

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JAMMU December, 1st 2014……... J&K State AIDS Control Society (JKSACS) in collaboration with School of Hospitality & Tourism Management, and SAKSHAM, GFATM, University of Jammu organized a mega function of World AIDS Day in Gen. Zorawar Singh Auditorium here today.  The Chief Guest of the function was Jenab Gazzanfer Hussain, IAS Commissioner/ Secretary, Health and Medical Education Department, J&K Govt. and the Guest of Honour was Dr. Ghanshyam Dev Gupta, Principal & Dean Govt. Medical College, Jammu. 

Earlier at the commencement of the function a “Run for AIDS Awareness” was flagged off by the Chief Guest which started from Narwal Chowk and culminated at Gen. Zorawar Singh Auditorium.  Students drawn from Red Ribbon Clubs of different colleges of Jammu participated in the “Run for AIDS Awareness”.  This was aimed at creating HIV/AIDS awareness for public & especially for adolescent youth.

Speaking on the occasion the chief guest of the function appealed the masses particularly the youth to make concerted efforts on sustainable basis to combat HIV/AIDS in the entire J&K State.  He also stressed the need to accord top priority to ensure reddressal of grievances of People Living with HIV/AIDS (PLHIVs) Jenab Gazzanfer Hussain, Chief Guest also assured help in implementation of different schemes launched for the welfare of people living with HIV/AIDS.  He commended the role of J&K State AIDS Control Society in getting the financial aid for PLHIVs approved by the State Government and instructed the concerned to distribute the financial aid as early as possible after completing the necessary formalities.

The function started with the lighting of ceremonial lamp followed by welcome address by Dr. Tabasum Jabeen, Dy. Director (BS), J&K State AIDS Control Society (JKSACS), who highlighted the commendable job, the Project Director, Dr. Mohan Singh is doing under the guidance of Commissioner/Secretary Health and Medical Education Department.       

An informative lecture was delivered by Dr. Bella Mahajan, HOD Microbiology, GMC, Jammu who dwelt in detail about different aspects of HIV/AIDS.

In his address Dr. Mohan Singh, Project Director, J&K State AIDS Control Society highlighted the different achievements made by the staff of JKSACS to redeem the sufferings of HIV positives.  He also threw light on the innovative initiatives JKSACS has undertaken to involve Red Ribbon Clubs of different colleges to tap the youth for dissemination of AIDS awareness from the tender age and at the grass root level.  He further illustrated the steps JKSACS is taking to combat HIV/AIDS. He also said that JKSACS is making all out efforts in combating HIV/AIDS and taking all possible steps to reach out to people through its ICTC, ART’s, Blood Banks and IEC activities including mainstreaming with different departments to spread the message of HIV/AIDS awareness.

A presentation by young artists with voice modulation and mimicry expertise especially designed for the young minds incorporating the AIDS awareness message was presented which generated lot of interest among the audience.

JKSACS officers/officials who excelled in their jobs, especially during the recent floods in Kashmir were among the others who were given prizes for participating in different activities organized in connection with World AIDS Day celebration.

In the end Dr. Danish Ayub Khan, Deputy Director, JKSACS presented the vote of thanks.

 

Sd/-
Deputy Director(IEC)

Government of Jammu & Kashmir
J&K State AIDS Prevention & Control Society,
Department of Health & Medical Education

1st Floor, SEERAT Complex,
Sector 14,Nanak Nagar
Jammu - 180004,
Website:www.jksacs.org
Mail: jksacs@gmail.com
Telefax : 0194-2471579

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"Give the Gift of Life, Donate Blood",blood donation function organized in Police Auditorium,Jammu

Jammu 27th October 2014………. To mark the culmination of month long campaign of National Voluntary Blood Donation Day 2014, J&K State AIDS Prevention and Control Society in collaboration with PG Department of Blood Transfusion Medicine, Govt. Medical College, Jammu and Regional Red Cross Society Jammu organized a function in Police Auditorium, Jammu. The theme of this year was “Give the Gift of Life, Donate Blood”. The chief Guest of the function was Dr. Shakeel Ahmad Beigh, IPS, Deputy Inspector General of Police and Dr. Ghanshyam Dev Principal Govt. Medical College Jammu was the Guest of Honor. It was attended by other Dignitaries including Dr. B.S. Pathania DHS, Jammu, Dr. Mohan Singh, Project Director J&K State AIDS Prevention and Control Society, Dr. Vijay Sawhney, HOD PG Department of Blood Transfusion Medicine, Govt. Medical College, Jammu and Sh. R.C. Puri Secretary Regional Red Cross Society, Jammu
The felicitation function was organized to acknowledge the contribution of Blood Donors, Promoters, and Motivators. These Volunteers actively participated in the month long campaign which included Poster competition, Quiz Competition, Symposiums etc. The guest of honor Dr. Ghanshyam Dev and the Project Director Dr. Mohan Singh presented Mementoes and Certificates to the winners and participants.
The function commenced with the lighting of ceremonial lamp and a pledge from the participants and Dignitaries for sustained efforts regarding promotion of safe Voluntary Blood Donation, so as to achieve the target of 100% voluntary blood donation by 2020.
This day also marked the day long blood donation camp in which Dr. Kiran Sharma was the first one to donate Blood. She is a role model for females as she has donated Blood 47 times and this time also she came forward for this noble cause of voluntary blood donation.
Earlier welcoming the guests and participants Dr. Vijay Sawhney HOD PG Department of Blood Transfusion Medicine, Govt. Medical College, Jammu thanked the voluntary blood donors especially the role of Nirankari Mandal, various NGOs, Regional Red Cross Society, Police Personnel, Educational Institutions and Print and Electronic Media who were also a part of month long campaign.
Speaking on the occasion Dr. B.S. Pathania DHS, Jammu appreciated the joint effort of PG Department of Blood Transfusion Medicine, Govt. Medical College, Jammu and J&K State AIDS Prevention and Control Society in organizing various camps and functions over the month for enhancing voluntary blood donation throughout the State.
Project Director J&K Sate AIDS Prevention and Control Society Dr. Mohan Singh stressed the significance for voluntary blood donation. He lauded the role of Police, Army and Local Volunteers in donating Blood generously during the devastating Floods that struck J&K in which about 3524 units of blood was collected across the state. He acknowledged the efforts of these volunteers as none of the patients died for want of blood. DHS Jammu Dr. B.S. Pathania also spoke on the need for voluntary blood donation.
Vote of thanks was delivered by Dr. Meena Sidhu, Associate Professor, PG Department of Blood Transfusion Medicine, Govt. Medical College, Jammu.

Sd/-
Deputy Director
(YA)

Government of Jammu & Kashmir
J&K State AIDS Prevention & Control Society,
Department of Health & Medical Education

1st Floor, SEERAT Complex,
Sector 14,Nanak Nagar
Jammu - 180004,
Website:www.jksacs.org
Mail: jksacs@gmail.com
Telefax : 0194-2471579

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Gandhi Jayanti Celebrations at Degree College Gool

J&K State AIDS Control Society (JKSACS) in order to commemorate Gandhi Jayanti organised a function in collaboration with Red Ribbon Club (RRC) of Government Degree College, Gool in the premises of the Degree College.
On this occasion homages were paid to the founder of nation M.K Gandhi and former Prime Minister Lal Bahadur Shastri who preached truthfulness, peace and non-violence and finally achieved India’s independence. Floral tributes were paid to both the leaders – brave sons of India by staff and students of GDC Gool.
A symposium was also held on this auspicious occasion on the topic Life of Gandhi Ji in which ten students delivered wonderful speeches to enlighten the other students.
Shramdan activity and a rally of students for swachh Gool Abhiyan was also organized on this occasion in which all students actively participated. The principal Dr. Chander Shekhar exhorted the students to follow the Gandhian teachings as they are the best mode to resolve all conflicts in the world. He also appreciated the efforts of students and stressed on three aims of Gandhi- truth, beauty and goodness. He also stressed upon the students to take a pledge to eradicate the disease of HIV/AIDS and also apprised them about prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS and the facilities being provided by the department for its control.
          Prominent among other present in the program included Dr. Manzoor-Ul-Hassan, Mr. Bhushan Kumar, Mr. Ashwani Kumar, Mr. Touseef Ahmad and Mr. Suram Chand. The proceeding of the program was conducted by Dr. Malik Yasir Ahmed and Rizvan Wani a student of B.A Part-III. The vote of thanks was presented by Dr. Malik Yasir Ahmed convener seminar committee.

Sd/-
Assistant Director
(YA)

Government of Jammu & Kashmir
J&K State AIDS Prevention & Control Society,
Department of Health & Medical Education

1st Floor, SEERAT Complex,
Sector 14,Nanak Nagar
Jammu - 180004,
Website:www.jksacs.org
Mail: jksacs@gmail.com
Telefax : 0194-2471579

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Training of Aanganwadi Workers

J&K State AIDS Prevention and Control Society (JKSACS) in collaboration with ICDS Doda (Department of social welfare J&K, Jammu) organized several training  Workshops on HIV/AIDS for 384 Anganwadi Workers (AWWs) from ICDS Doda, ICDS Assar, ICDS Bhaderwah, and ICDS Bhagwah w.e.f. 09/10/2014 to 11/10/2014 in their respective ICDS centres.
The participants were trained on the basics of HIV/AIDS by the NACO trained Resource Person, Dr. Arun Sharma (Program Manager NRHM).
Various Officials from the Department of Social welfare J&K ,Jammu, Directorate of Health services, Jammu and JKSACS also attended the workshops which included CDPO Doda, CDPO Assar, CDPO Bhagwah, CDPO Bhaderwah, CMO Doda, BMO Assar, BMO Bhaderwah, Staff of PHC, Bhagwah, Rajesh Sharma, AD Youth Affairs, JKSACS and all Doctors of PHC Bhaderwah .

Sd/-
Assistant Director
(CMS)

Government of Jammu & Kashmir
J&K State AIDS Prevention & Control Society,
Department of Health & Medical Education

1st Floor, SEERAT Complex, Sector 14
Nanak Nagar, Jammu - 180004,
(Near 5-A, Trikuta Nagar, Jammu)
Mail: jksacs@gmail.com
Telefax : 0194-2471579

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HIV/AIDS Awareness Seminar for Adolescent Girls

One day HIV/AIDS Awareness Seminar for Adolescent Girls was organized by Regional Educational Society, Kathua in collaboration with J&K State AIDS Prevention and Control Society (JKSAPCS) in the conference hall of District Hospital Kathua.
The Seminar was chaired by Dr. Mohan Singh Project Director J&K State AIDS Prevention and Control Society who in his speech to the adolescent girls asked them to be aware of their health and mental issues and also motivated them to seek help whenever necessary from the designated health centers run by the government which are providing free services to the masses especially the youth. He also highlighted the importance of creating awareness among adolescent girls as they are the torchbearers of the two homes and are more prone to sexually transmitted infections including HIV/AIDS. He also highlighted the services being provided by JKSAPCS like STI, ICTC, ART and Blood Banks for the benefit of the masses.
While speaking, Medical Superintendent, Kathua Hospital, Dr Manoj Bhagat, welcomed all the participants and motivated them to avail all the facilities being free of cost to the general masses by AIDS Control Society.
CMO, Kathua district, Dr RK Sangra while addressing highlighted the role of NGOs in spreading the message among the masses. During the seminar, a special lecture on HIV/AIDS was delivered by deputy Director, JKSAPCS, Deepika B Thakur, followed by an interactive session wherein she explained in detail about the spreading, prevention and control of this disease, and also answered the queries of the audience on the topic.
The programme was coordinated by Rajesh Sharma, AD (Youth Affairs), JKSAPCS. The programme concluded with vote of thanks presented by Suraj Prakash, general secretary, Regional Educational society, Kathua.
On this occasion the Chief Guest also gave away the prizes to the student participants who spoke on this topic and relevant IEC Material was also distributed among the participants by the team of JKSACS for further Dissemination of Information.

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Deputy Director
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Government of Jammu & Kashmir
J&K State AIDS Prevention & Control Society,
Department of Health & Medical Education

1st Floor, SEERAT Complex, Sector 14
Nanak Nagar, Jammu - 180004,
(Near 5-A, Trikuta Nagar, Jammu)
Website:www.jksacs.org
Mail: jksacs@gmail.com
Telefax : 0194-2471579

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Week –long Youth Day celebrations conclude at KU,JKSAPCS DSW, organize blood donation camp

Srinagar, August 20: Terming mental health as an important aspect for overall development of youth Vice Chancellor University of Kashmir Prof AM Shah has said that engaging with youth at various levels is the foremost priority of the University.
While inaugurating the blood donation camp organized by Department of Students Welfare (DSW) KU in collaboration with J&K State AIDS Prevention and Control Society (JKSAPCS) here on Wednesday Prof AM Shah said “It is the mission of the University to see how we can connect with youth of the state at various levels in the society. Though teaching and research are the main thrust areas at KU but engaging with youth by organizing such programs is also one of our top most priorities.”
Prof Shah while interacting with the blood donors on the occasion and distributing prizes amongst the winners of the poster, painting and slogan competitions which were held during the week-long Youth Day celebrations said that the main purpose of any education system should be enlightenment and “enlightenment of youth in terms of sound mental health is the bedrock of any educational policy.”
Speaking on the occasion Dr Mohan Singh Project Director J&K SAPCS said that by organizing such programs JKSAPCS is making an effort to reach out to the youth and help them to overcome their difficulties.
Dr Singh added that mental health is the focus area of a major policy initiative of JKSAPCS as the youth of today are beset with several problems and need immediate attention.
Earlier Dean Students Welfare KU Dr Neelofar Khan said that such activities shape the outlook of youth and inculcate a spirit of social –activism amongst them and at the same time help the institutions like the university to identify the talent of the youth and channelize it in the proper direction.
Cultural Officer DSW Shahid Ali Khan, Irfan Farooq and Rajesh Sharma Assistant Directors JKSAPCS coordinated the week-long program and blood donation camp.
In poster competition the first prize was won by Maria Fayaz whereas the second and third prize was bagged by Nowsheen Nazir and Mohammad Younis.
In painting competition the first prize was bagged by Nowsheen Nazir whereas the second and third prize went to Zaid Mehraj and Waseem Bashir.
In slogan competition the first prize was won by Mohammad Irfan Bhat whereas the second and third prize was bagged by Maria Fayaz and Mohammad Younis.

 

TRAINING OF ICTC COUNSELLORS (18th to 22nd August 2014)

05 days advance refresher training of ICTC counselors (Integrated Counseling & Testing Centre) for all the already inducted counselors of Jammu and Kashmir working in various Integrated Counseling & Testing centers across the state concluded successfully on 22ndof August, 2014 in the conference hall of department of statistics, University of Jammu.
The refresher training was a joint effort of team of The Global Fund To Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, Malaria(GFATM- University of Jammu -Prof ArtiBakhshi ; Faculty incharge, Dr Chand Trehan;, Capacity building Officer, MsSnehMirakhur ;Capacity building assistant &MrAzim Anwar ,AAA ) and 09 master trainers namely (Prof. PoonamDhawan, DrSatyaBhushan, DrLakhvinder, DrArun Sharma , Prof ArtiBakhshi, Dr Chand Trehan, DrKavitaSuri, MrRisheeshKhajuria&DrSaritaSood,) in collaboration with JKSACSteam.
During the 05 days training, 10 sessions were held in which resource persons gave in depth knowledge especially on micro counseling skills to the counselors of J&K on various topics in context to handling HIV patients with tender care and compassion. The valedictory function was graced by Prof. Posh Charak, Dean Research, JU and Dr. Danish Khan, Deputy Director J&K State AIDS Control Society (JKSACS)
Necessary assistance in compilation of daily reports during the conduct of Programme was provided by PhD. students namely Ms. Karuna Gupta and Mr.Dharmendra of P.G. department of Psychology; Mr. Dinesh Keasr from JKSACS coordinated with GFATM teamfor making the necessary arrangements for the programme.
The valedictory function was attended by the officials of JKSACS and faculty of PG department of Psychology University of Jammu.

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Assistant Director (P&CP)

 

SHTM, JU, in collaboration with JKSAPCS celebrates International Youth Day

JAMMU, Aug 14: School of Hospitality and Tourism Management (SHTM), University of Jammu in association with J&K State AIDS Prevention and Control Society (JKSAPCS) celebrated the International Youth Day -2014.
The theme for the event was “Youth and Mental Health, Jawan Hai Zindagi – Shaping a Better Future”.
During the event, Poster Making, Slogan Writing, and Fireless Healthy Cooking competitions were organized.
In his welcome address, Prof. Parikshat Singh Manhas, Director SHTM thanked all the guests for sparing their time for the cause of youth. He motivated the students to propagate the message contained in the theme among their peers and to act responsibly and become better global citizens. SHTM, being one of the most prestigious and prominent tourism schools, is always ready to encourage student driven activities, he added.
Speaking on the occasion, the chief guest of the function Dr Danish Khan, Deputy Director, J&K State AIDS Prevention and Control Society (JKSAPCS), highlighted the importance of International Youth Day. He stressed on the need for maintaining strong mental and physical health among the young generation and made the students take an oath to act as responsible citizens of the country and spread the message regarding the issues related to youth wellbeing among their peers.
Around 30 studenst of MBA (HT) and BBA (HM) participated in the various competitions. Hemani Mahajan (MBA- 3rd sem.) got the first prize in poster making competition. Padmini Kalra (MBA- 3rd sem.),Honeyka Mahajan and Rajesh Singh( BBA- 3rd sem.) got the 1st, 2nd, & 3rd prize respectively in the slogan writing competition while Honeyka Mahajan, Himani Mahajan and Nakul Pandotra(MBA- 3rd sem.) bagged the 1st, 2nd, & 3rd prize respectively in the Fireless Cooking Competition.
The event was coordinated by Dr. Suvidha Khanna, Assistant Professor from SHTM and Risheesh Khajuria, Assistant Director (IEC) from JKSACS.
Others present on the occasion were Deepika B Thakur, Deputy Director (IEC), and Rajesh Sharma, Assistant Director, JKSACS.
Nikita Dogra conducted the proceedings of the function and Dr Anil Gupta presented the formal vote of thanks.

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Assistant Director (P&CP)

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Government of Jammu & Kashmir
J&K State AIDS Prevention & Control Society,
Department of Health & Medical Education

48 Samander Bagh
Exchange Road,
Lal Chowk, Srinagar
Mail: jksacs@gmail.com
Telefax : 0194-2486409

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Weeklong International Youth Day 2014 celebrations begins at Kashmir University Poster Making Competition marked the day one

Srinagar August 12, 2014: Red Ribbon Club, Department of Students Welfare, University of Kashmir in association with J&K State AIDS Prevention and Control Society organised a Poster Making Competition to celebrate INTERNATIONAL YOUTH DAY-2014 that is held annually on 12th August worldwide; at Gandhi Bhawan, University of Kashmir.
The Theme for the event was given as "Youth and Mental Health, Jawaa Hai Zindagi – Shaping a Better Future”. Vice chancellor Prof A M Shah, Registrar, Prof. Zaffar A Reshi , Dean Academic Affairs Prof. A M Wani, Dean Students Welfare, Prof. Nilofer Khan visited the competition and interacted with the artists. Around 30 student artists participated in the competition.
The event is being coordinated by Mr. Rajesh Sharma, Assistant Director (YA) from JKSACS and Mr. Shahid Ali Khan, Cultural Officer from University of Kashmir who is also the coordinator of Red Ribbon Club, Kashmir University. On this occasion the participant also took an oath to act as responsible citizens of the country to spread peace and create awareness among their peers regarding the issues related to youth wellbeing.
The debating competition, painting competition, slogan competition and Blood donation camp are also scheduled to be held during the week long international youth day 2014 celebrations. The valedictory and prize distribution of the event will be held on 20th August 2014

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Government of Jammu & Kashmir
J&K State AIDS Prevention & Control Society,
Department of Health & Medical Education,
H. No. 90 Sector – 3, Trikuta Nagar, Jammu

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JKSACS launches month long campaign on World Blood Donors Day

J & K State AIDS Control Society has launched a month long campaign to celebrate the World Blood Donors Day across the State. Every year this day is celebrated across the World to thank Voluntary Blood Donors for their life saving gift. The theme for this year’s World Blood Donors Day is “Safe Blood for Saving Mothers’’.
In this month long activity all District Blood Banks are involved along with cooperation from all District Development Commissioners, District Red Cross Societies, Security Agencies like District Police, CRPF, BSF and Principals of various colleges. Apart from two mega blood donation camps at Jammu & Srinagar, blood donation camps are being organised in all the other districts. Also, Symposiums, Seminars and Poster making competitions are being held in schools and colleges across the State. Mementos, certificates, and prizes are being distributed among the donors, winners and participants. A total number of 25 educational institutions shall be participating. A total of 821 units of blood has already been collected and supplied to various blood banks, as follows:
Details of the camps organised in Kashmir Division on World Blood Donors Day- 2014:

S. No.

Name of Blood Bank

Blood Units Collected

1.

Lalla Ded Hospital, Srinagar

205

2

SMHS Hospital, Srinagar

40

3

District Hospital, Baramulla

50

4

District Hospital, Pulwama

60

5

SKIMS, Soura

38

6

District Hospital Anantnag

29

7

District Hospital, Budgam

30

Details of the camps organised in Jammu Division on World Blood Donors Day- 2014:

S. No.

Name of Blood Bank

Blood Units Collected

1.

GMC, Jammu

191

2.

District Hospital, Gandhi Nagar, Jammu

95

3.

District Hospital, Udhampur

37

4.

District Hospital, Doda

21

5.

District Hospital, Kishtwar

11

6.

District Hospital, Kathua

14

A mega camp was organised by JKSACS in Lalla Ded Hospital were lot of enthusiasm and zeal was seen among the donors. 205 donors donated blood in the camp. Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir inaugurated the donation camp and also donated blood on this occasion. Camps were held at District Hospital premises, Govt. Degree Colleges (Boys & Girls), B.Ed Colleges.

 

Government of Jammu & Kashmir
J&K State AIDS Prevention & Control Society,
Department of Health & Medical Education,

48 Samander Bagh
Exchange Road,
Lal Chowk, Srinagar
Mail: jksacs@gmail.com
Telefax : 0194-2486409

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Srinagar June 6th 2014:         J&K State AIDS Prevention & Control Society (JKSACS), Department of Health and Medical Education in collaboration with Government College of Education, M.A. Road, Srinagar organized a seminar and a poster making Competition in the premises of the college on the theme “Safe Blood for Saving Mothers” in connection with the celebration of ‘World Blood Donor Day’ which is held on 14th June every year.
The programme was organised as a joint activity of the N.S.S. wing and the Red Ribbon Club of the college. These clubs have been specially created in various educational institutes of the state by JKSACS in order to create awareness about HIV/AIDS and related issues among the student community.
The programme was inaugurated by the Principal of the college Dr. Parveen Pandit along with the two programme officers Mr. Muhammad Ayoub and Prof. Nuzhat Nasreen of the college.  Speaking on the occasion the principal of the college welcomed all the participants and highlighted the need for involving the student community in such activities for creating awareness in the society especially about the need for voluntary blood donation. The principal of the college appreciated missionary sprit of the students who offered to donate the blood for saving precious human lives.
The seminar was also addressed by the special guest Dr. Abdul Majeed from the Department of Community Medicines SKIMS Srinagar. In his address to the volunteers he explained the importance of voluntary blood donation and its benefits for the donors as well as the needy. He also explained in detail that how the donated blood is used for saving the lives of the people.
Earlier speaking on the occasion Dr. Danish Khan Dy. Director JKSACS gave a detailed lecture about HIV/AIDS and the role JKSACS is playing in containing this menace. He also informed about the services being provided by JKSACS under different components and their benefits to the needy.
The seminar was also attended by Mr. Ab. Rashid Khan, Chief Accounts Officer & Mr. Rajesh Shrama Assistant Director Youth from J&K State AIDS Prevention & Control Society. Around 50 students participated in the poster competition under the supervision Mr. Arshad Sauleh, Art teacher of the college. The students portrayed various expressions through their art among which the panel will select the best to be awarded later on the day of blood donation.

 

Government of Jammu & Kashmir
J&K State AIDS Prevention & Control Society,
Department of Health & Medical Education,
H. No. 90 Sector – 3, Trikuta Nagar, Jammu

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Retirement of Dr. Madhu Khullar

 

Government of Jammu & Kashmir
J&K State AIDS Prevention & Control Society,
Department of Health & Medical Education,
H. No. 90 Sector – 3, Trikuta Nagar, Jammu

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Combating HIV/AIDS in Jammu & Kashmir and Table Calander of JKSACS by Hon’ble Minister of State for Health, J&K

JAMMU, January, 25th 2014……... The HIV/AIDS Awareness Newsletter entitled “Combating HIV/AIDS in Jammu & Kashmir and Table Calendar of J&K State AIDS Prevention and Control Society (JKSACS) was released here today by Jenab Shabir Ahmed Khan Hon’ble Minister of State for Health (Independent Charge) in a function held in the office chamber of the Project Director, J&K State AIDS Control Society Dr. Madhu Khullar.
Releasing the newsletter and the AIDS awareness calendar 2014 the Hon’ble Minister lauded the efforts of the J&K State AIDS Control Society in combating HIV/AIDS in J&K and issued instructions for scaling up efforts to provide facilities to People Living with HIV/AIDS (PLHIV’s) and controlling HIV/AIDS in the State. He also appreciated the documentation of various achievements compiled in the newsletter for the literate community during the tenure of Dr. Madhu Khullar, Project Director, JKSACS. He particularly appreciated the accomplishments made under the stewardship of Dr. Madhu Khullar, Project Director, JKSACS in providing facilities to PLHIV’s, providing new well furnished accommodation to the JKSACS Office, providing better facilities at ICTC centres, conversion of Anti Retroviral Therapy (ART) Centre to Anti Retroviral Therapy (ART) Plus Centre for better services and generating awareness among all sections of the society by innovative and creative efforts.
He further said that the AIDS Awareness calendar 2014, which is an important tool for disseminating AIDS awareness, should be placed on the tables of all the officers, so as to help generate HIV/AIDS awareness to all visitors of different sections of the society visiting the offices.
Among the distinguished guests present on the occasion included Director, Health Services, Jammu, Director, Family Welfare, J&K, Medical Superintendent, Govt. Hospital, Gandhi Nagar and Sarwal.
Speaking on the occasion Dr. Madhu Khullar, Project Director apprised the minister about the concerted efforts of JKSACS in combating HIV/AIDS in J&K and providing facilities to PLHIV’s.

 

Government of Jammu & Kashmir
J&K State AIDS Prevention & Control Society,
Department of Health & Medical Education,
H. No. 90 Sector – 3, Trikuta Nagar, Jammu

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Website of J&K State AIDS Prevention and Control Society Launched

SHABIR AHMED KHAN (MOS HEALTH) INAUGURATES WORLD AIDS DAY AT LAWRENCE SCHOOL, SIDHRA
On the occasion of World AIDS Day J&K State AIDS Control Society (JKSACS) organized a number of functions in collaboration with various departments across the state. The inaugural function was organized by J&K State AIDS Control Society in collaboration with Lawrence Public School & Gandhi Global Family at Sidhra, Jammu. The Chief Guest for the function was Jenab Shabir Ahmed Khan, H’ble Minister of State for Health, J&K whereas the Guest of Honour was Commissioner JMC, Mr. Kiran Wattal, the Special Guest for the occasion were Director J&K State AIDS Control Society Dr. Madhu Khullar & Director South East Asia De Mont Fort University United Kingdom Mr. Ranjit Sampath. The function started with the lighting of the ceremonial lamp by the Chief Guest, Guest of Honour, Special Guests, Chairman of the school & Founder Principal. Speaking on the occasion, Jenab Shabir Ahmed Khan, H’ble Minister of State for Health spoke in detail about the role of youth in bringing awareness which is “Shared responsibility: Strengthening Result for an AIDS FREE Generation”. He lauded Lawrence Public School for organizing World AIDS Day regularly since past 8 years. A Skit on HIV/AIDS awareness was liked very much by the audience, which helped in dissemination of AIDS awareness to the audience effectively. Another major attraction was the AIDS Awareness Signature Campaign launched by Times of India in collaboration with JKSACS. An exhibition of posters created by the students was put up which was appreciated by all. Earlier a poster contest was held & the poster created were displayed & the prize winners were awarded by the Chief Guest. Speaking on the occasion Dr. Madhu Khullar, Project Director J&K State AIDS Control Society, highlighted the significance of the AIDS Awareness Programme for the masses in general & the students in particular. She explained in detail about HIV/AIDS, its origin, how it spread & how it can be prevented. She also said that this department is making all out efforts in combating the deadly disease of AIDS & taking all possible steps to reach out to people through its ICTC, ART’s, Blood Banks & IEC activities to spread the message of HIV/AIDS awareness with the help of media fraternity as this disease is spreading like wild fire in the Society.
In the end mementos were presented to the Chief Guest & Guest of Honour by Chairman Lawrence Public School Wg Cdr M.M Joshi. Dr. Kiran Sharma Mental Health Officer -- Psychiatry Department GMC Jammu was also awarded a momento and an appreciation certificate by the chief guest for donating blood voluntarily forty six time till date.The vote of thanks was presented by the Founder Principal, Mrs Shakuntla Joshi. Prominent amongst those present included Director Health Services Jammu, B.S Pathania, Director Family Welfare Dr. Baldev Raj, Ex-Director Health Services Dr. Jasbir Singh, Ex-Project Director JKSACS Dr. Rakesh Khajuria, Medical Superintendent Dr. Ramesh Gupta, Deputy Director IEC JKSACS Deepika Thakur, Director Defense Labour Procurement Ravinder Singh, Risheesh Astt Director Publicity JKSACS, Padamshree S.P Varma, Director South East Asia De Mont Fort University United Kingdom Mr. Ranjit Sampath, Commissioner Scouts & Guides Mr. I.D Soni, Principal Shangrila School Sareshta Khajuria, Social Activist Abdul Majeed Malik, Dr Kiran Sharma & Rahul Kholi.

 

Government of Jammu & Kashmir
J&K State AIDS Prevention & Control Society,
Department of Health & Medical Education,
H. No. 90 Sector – 3, Trikuta Nagar, Jammu

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Website of J&K State AIDS Prevention and Control Society Launched

2nd December 2013....... World AIDS Day was celebrated at District Hospital Samba today. Awareness rally was organised Jointly by the ICTC Staff of District Hospital Samba in collaboration with students of Govt. Girls Middle School, Budhwani and Govt. Boys Middle School Budhwani Samba with paramedical students from Bhargava Paramedical Institute Samba. The rally marched through the Old Bazaar Main Chowk, fort Road with Placards and Banners with Slogans regarding prevention and awareness of HIV Infection/AIDS.
Earlier the rally was flagged off by the Chief Medical Officer, Samba Dr. Kartar Chand in the presence of Medical Superintendent, District Hospital, Samba, Dr. A.S Slathia, Block Medical Officer, Dr. Vikas Bhardwaj, Dy. Medical Superintendent, Dr. Bharat Bhushan, D.T.O, Dr. Vinay Chib. The rally culminated with the word of thanks and refreshment to the participants.

 

Government of Jammu & Kashmir
J&K State AIDS Prevention & Control Society,
Department of Health & Medical Education,

48 Samander Bagh
Exchange Road,
Lal Chowk, Srinagar
Mail: jksacs@gmail.com
Telefax : 0194-2486409

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Jammu, 24th September 2013……… The second phase of the four day State Level Folk Media Workshop was inaugurated here today. This effort to train folk groups for spreading HIV/AIDS message in the remote areas of J&K State was inaugurated in the first stage by Dr. Madhu Khullar, Project Director J&K State AIDS Control Society at Srinagar. This workshop, first of its kind is being organized jointly by National AIDS Control Society, Delhi, J&K State AIDS Control Society and Govt. College for Women, Parade, Jammu.

          Welcoming the Consultant IEC, National AIDS Control Organization experts and participants of the workshop, Deputy Director IEC, JKSACS, Deepika B. Thakur highlighted the significance of holding the workshop for folk groups. She also highlighted the vital role of folk in bringing uniformity and clarity in spreading the message of HIV/AIDS, the cultural way especially to rural masses.

Speaking on the occasion Dr. Sanjib K. Chakravarty, IEC Consultant, National AIDS Control Organization (NACO), GOI, who had specially come here for training the Folk Troupes gave a detailed presentation about the role and duties of these groups which shall be performing in front of the people especially in rural areas about the ways and means of preventing and controlling the deadly disease of HIV/AIDS.  He also explained about the role and expectation from the District Resource Persons/ Nodal Officers, who had been specially nominated from all the districts to attend this workshop.  He also emphasized on developing a script for the same involving different folk forms of the region so that the message of HIV/AIDS is complete and informative and reaches out to the people in their own language and culture in different corners of the State.
Others present on the occasion from JKSACS were: Mr. Abdul Rashid Khan, CAO, Mr. Risheesh Khajuria, Asstt. Dir, Rajesh Sharma, CLS, Imtiyaz Khan, CLS.

                                                                                     
   Deputy Director (IEC)

 

Government of Jammu & Kashmir
J&K State AIDS Prevention & Control Society,
Department of Health & Medical Education,
H. No. 90 Sector – 3, Trikuta Nagar, Jammu

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Website of J&K State AIDS Prevention and Control Society Launched

Srinagar 18th July 2013:       Hon’ble Minister of State for Health (Independent Charge) Mr. Shabir Ahmad Khan while chairing the monthly meeting of Health Department of Kashmir Division inaugurated the official website of J&K State AIDS Prevention & Control Society (JKSACS) here today.
Project Director JKSACS Dr. Madhu Khullar explained in detail about the importance of creating the website. She informed the audience that this step will go a long way in dissemination of information of HIV/AIDS among the masses. The website with the domain name www.jksacs.org contains in detail all the information about the working of the organization right from organizational structure to the facilities being provided at the grass root level.
The Minister and the officials present on the occasion applauded this effort of the society in reducing the gap between the organization and the beneficiaries.

 

Government of Jammu & Kashmir
J&K State AIDS Prevention & Control Society,
Department of Health & Medical Education,
H. No. 90 Sector – 3, Trikuta Nagar, Jammu

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Samba, June 1st:To review the Integrated Counseling Testing Centre/Sexually Transmitted Infection (ICTC/STI) programmes on HIV/AIDS of J&K State AIDS Control Society (JKSACS) in district Samba a high level meeting was chaired by Dr. Madhu Khullar Project Director, JKSACS in collaboration with Chief Medical Officer Samba.  The issues related to the proper functioning of ICTC were discussed with health functionaries of the district.
On a visit to ICTC centre Dr. Khullar issued on spot instructions for the improvement and redesigning of the centre to catch the attention of the visitors to the centre.  She also issued instructions to the JKSACS officers to ensure timely supply of the HIV Kits and other consumables required for proper functioning and reporting of HIV cases as per National AIDS Control guidelines.
Dr. Khullar emphasized the significance of holding Blood Donation Camps at Block Level especially on Blood Donation Day on 14th June 2013.  Other issues related to dissemination of HIV/AIDS awareness were discussed and all the participants of the meeting assured all help to ensure proper functioning of AIDS control programme with the help of health functionaries.
The other officers of health department included State Venereoligist Jammu, Chief Medical Officer Samba, Medical Superintendent, Distt. Hospital Samba, District Health Officer Samba and BMOs of district Samba.
Prominent Officers included Dr. AD Singh, Deepika B. Thakur, Deputy Directors and other officials of JKSACS also attended the meeting.

Government of Jammu & Kashmir
J&K State AIDS Prevention & Control Society,
Department of Health & Medical Education,
H. No. 90 Sector – 3, Trikuta Nagar, Jammu

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Vihaan, New Care & Support Programme for PLHIV, Launched in J&K

May 29, 2013: As part of efforts to increase the effectiveness of India's AIDS treatment programme, a new national initiative to provide expanded care & support services for people living with HIV (PLHIV) has been launched.
Vihaan, which means dawn’s first light in Sanskrit, will ensure a robust, holistic care & support services for PLHIV in India. With support from the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, the three-year programme will establish 350 Care & Support Centres across the country.
PLHIV are at the heart of Vihaan, and the new initiative will help the country respond more effectively to the needs of people living with HIV. The Care & Support Centres will help expand access to services, increase treatment adherence, reduce stigma and discrimination, and improve the quality of life of PLHIV.
Vihaan will be the first care & support programme in Jammu and Kashmir as part of the national response. A regional consultation on May 29 presented the new programme to stakeholders in J&K. With the participation of J&K State AIDS Control Society (SACS) and civil society organisations, the meeting initiated discussions on the framework of Vihaan. The meeting was presided over by Madhu Khullar, Project Director of J&K SACS
India HIV/AIDS Alliance is leading the consortium of partners implementing the Vihaan programme. Alliance India was founded in 1999 as a non-governmental organization working in partnership with civil society and communities to support sustained responses to HIV in India.
Complementing the Indian national program, Alliance India works through capacity building, technical support and advocacy to strengthen the delivery of effective, innovative, community-based interventions to key populations affected by the epidemic.
During today's consultation, the team from Alliance India’s Hridaya programme was also present and helped introduce the new programme to stakeholders. Hridaya works to expand harm reduction for people who inject drugs in four states, including J&K. The programme also has a strong capacity-building component to support advocacy, knowledge management and improved services for this vulnerable population.

Others present on the occasion were Dr. A.D. Singh Deputy Director, JKSACS; Dr. Ramesh, MS Gandhi Nagar Hospital Jammu; Dr. Arun Sharma, MS Sarwal Hospital Jammu, Mr. Nissar Ahmad Dar Assistant Director JKSACS and Ms. Radhika Soodan GIPA coordinator JKSACS.

Government of Jammu & Kashmir
J&K State AIDS Prevention & Control Society,
Department of Health & Medical Education,
H. No. 90 Sector – 3, Trikuta Nagar, Jammu

 

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Jammu May 18th : In its endeavour to reach to masses J&K State AIDS Prevention & Control Society (JKSACS) in collaboration with Health Department (BMO, Akhnoor) organized an AIDS Awareness programme in village Tanda, tehsil Akhnoor.
Mrs. Deepika B. Tl'rakur Dy. Director (lEC), JKSACS strbssed the importance for combating HIV/AIDS in J&K and also highlighted the need to face the challenge posed by this global threat. He appealed all to join hands to fight HIV/AIDS.
lnformation Education and Communication (lEC) material especially designed for awareness on HIV/AIDS was distributed among the Panch's & Surpanch's. The rnaterial consisted of booklets, leaflets, poster on HIV/AIDS. While distributing the material on HIV/AIDS, Mrs. Deepika B.Thakur Dy. Director (lEC), JKSACS highlighted the need for awareness among masses. The messages in the IEC material were clear and written in simple language which was appreciated by the Surpanch's. The IEC material was also distributed among the Students of the Bee Enn Charitable Institution and Govt. Schools, who actively participated in the programme.
An interactive sesdion was organized in which the parlicipants cleared their doubts about HIV/AIDS from a panel of experts and how J&K State AIDS Control Society (JKSACS) can help the victims of HIV/AIDS in distress.
Other speakers also delved on the need for conservation of water and adopting measures to prevent malaria.
BMO, Akhnoor, Dr. Narinder Bhatyal talked about need of awareness campaigns in the society and its importance in the lives of common people who are not aware about the deadly disease of HIV/AIDS. He also presented the vote of thanks. He also thanked the Malaria Control Officer and others who stressed on the need for conservation of water.
Among other staff of JKSACS officers/officials who participated in the Programme included Mr. Rajesh Sharma, Mr. Aashish Saraf and Ms.Shruti Verma.
(D. Bloria)
Deputy Director(IEC) JKSACS

Government of Jammu & Kashmir
J&K State AIDS Prevention & Control Society,
Department of Health & Medical Education,
H. No. 90 Sector – 3, Trikuta Nagar, Jammu

 

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Jammu March 12th : J&K State AIDS Prevention & Control Society (JKSACS) organized an AIDS Awareness Programme in Central Jail, Jammu for the Jail Inmates.  Ms. Ranji Sehgal, Superintendent of Central Jail, Kot Bhalwal Jammu was the chief guest of the occasion.  The programme began with an introduction from Mr. Risheesh Khajuria, Assistant Director (Publicity) JKSACS, who briefed the jail inmates about the importance of holding the AIDS Awareness programme.

Later Mrs. Deepika B. Thakur, Dy. Director (IEC), JKSACS dwelt in detail about the different aspects of HIV/AIDS.  She interacted with the jail inmates and clarified their doubts regarding HIV/AIDS.  She while highlighting the role of IEC in combating HIV/AIDS focused on the facilities being provided by JKSACS and the need for imparting Adolescent Education Programme.  The interactive session which followed was very informative and educative.  She also complimented the staff of the jail under supervision of Superintendent Central Jail for very lively and congenial atmosphere in premises of the Jail.

Combating HIV/AIDS in J&K – A Documentary by JKSACS was screened for the jail inmates to make them aware about HIV/AIDS.  The documentary focused on different components of National AIDS Control Programme being implemented by JKSACS.  The documentary highlighted the different facilities being provided by JKSACS in the State.

The programme was attended by JKSACS officials, who included Mr. Ashish Saraf DA, Ms. Shruti Verma DA, & other official of the Central Jail, Jammu.

Vote of thanks was presented by the Dr. Rajinder Thapa Medical Officer, Central Jail, Jammu who asked the inmates to follow the instructions for prevention of HIV/AIDS.     

(Dr. A.D. Singh)
Deputy Director JKSACS

 

Government of Jammu & Kashmir
J&K State AIDS Prevention & Control Society,
Department of Health & Medical Education,
H. No. 90 Sector – 3, Trikuta Nagar, Jammu

 

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Jammu 31st January2013:Dr. RakeshKhajuria Project Director J&K State AIDS and Prevention Control Society was honored by JKSACS in recognition of his distinguished services on his superannuation here today. He has served in the health departmentfor the last 33 years holding different reputed administrative posts where his contribution remained commendable especially in the field of HIV/AIDS.
Speaking on the occasion various officers of JKSACS appreciated his significant role in bringing about a visible and appreciable change in the administration of various departments which remained under his control. He served various departments with full dedication, devotion and sincerity andhas always been positive in solving the issue of employees.
Speakers who highlighted his significant role included Abdul Rashid Khan, CAO, Dr. A.D. Singh, Deputy Director, Dr. Bhupinder Singh, Deputy Director, Ms.Deepika B. Thakur, Deputy Director IEC and other staff members.
The society members recalled his contribution to the Health and Medical Education sector and bade him warm farewell and wished him success in his future endeavors.         

Deputy Director (IEC)

Government of Jammu & Kashmir
J&K State AIDS Prevention & Control Society,
Department of Health & Medical Education,
H. No. 90 Sector – 3, Trikuta Nagar, Jammu

 

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Udhampur January 4th …….. The much awaited Red Ribbon Express (RRE), a multimedia, multi-sectoral effort to mainstream the issue of HIV/AIDS, the world’s largest mass mobilization drive reached its second halt Station after its successful stay in Bari-Brahmana.  The on-board services available with this innovative way of disseminating HIV/AIDS information was inaugurated by the Chief Guest, Sh. Sham Lal Sharma, Hon’ble Minister for Health, Horticulture & Floriculture, J&K Government.  On this occasion Sh. Balwant Singh Mankotia, Hon’ble MLA & Sh. K.C. Bhagat, Hon’ble MLA were the guests of honour.  The inaugural programme was organized by J&K State AIDS Control Society (JKSACS) at Udhampur Railway Station in collaboration with District Administration Udhampur and Chief Medical Officer, Udhampur.

Welcoming the guests Dr. Rakesh Khajuria Project Director, J&K State AIDS Control Society highlighted the significance of Red Ribbon Express Project especially in context of HIV/AIDS awareness and explained in detail the services being offered on this train. He appealed all the masses to visit the train and take the benefit of various provisions available in RRE Train.

Speaking on the occasion Sh. Sham Lal Sharma, Hon’ble Minister for Health, Horticulture & Floriculture, J&K Government emphasized the need for the moral values in life especially in context of combating HIV/AIDS.  He also stressed the need for more and more involvement of youth specially women, students and village level workers in combating this dreaded disease.  The Red Ribbon Express has been launched, with a holistic and comprehensive campaign to mobilize people’s movement against HIV/AIDS.  With the aims and objectives being fulfilled he requested that more and more people should benefit from these high-tech gadgets placed in the train to convey different aspects of HIV/AIDS.

Speaking on the occasion Sh. Balwant Singh Mankotia, Hon’ble MLA felt that the RRE Project will go a long way in imparting fruitful training and knowledge on HIV/AIDS & other health related issues.

Speaking on the occasion Sh. K.C. Bhagat, Hon’ble MLA appreciated the efforts of the J&K State AIDS Control Society, who had made it possible that such a facility like Red Ribbon Express would be made available in Udhampur district.  He also put forth the demand for providing better medical facility in Chenani Block. 

Speaking on the occasion Dr. Madhu Khullar, Director Health Services, Jammu appealed the masses to avail the facilities being provided in Red Ribbon Express by coming in large numbers.

On this occasion Romalo Ram & Party & Unison Culture Troup presented culture programs to create awareness on HIV/AIDS among the masses.

Among the other distinguished guests included Director, ISM, Director Family Welfare, Director Horticulture, Controller Drugs, DIG Police Udhampur, SSP Railways, MD JKHMPC, BMO’s, etc.

Vote of thanks was presented by Dr. Anil Amla, Chief Medical Officer, Udhampur.

 

Deputy Director (IEC)

 

 

Government of Jammu & Kashmir
J&K State AIDS Prevention & Control Society,
Department of Health & Medical Education,
H. No. 90 Sector – 3, Trikuta Nagar, Jammu

 

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Bari-Brahmana January 2nd The much awaited Red Ribbon Express (RRE), a multimedia, multi-sectoral effort to mainstream the issue of HIV/AIDS, the world’s largest mass mobilization drive reaching out to people of all groups across the country has arrived in Bari-Brahmana and will stay for two days.  The on-board services available with this innovative way of disseminating HIV/AIDS information was inaugurated by the Chief Guest, Sh. Sham Lal Sharma, Hon’ble Minister for Health, Horticulture & Floriculture, J&K Government.  On this occasion Sh. S.S. Slathia Hon’ble Minister for Industries & Commerce, J&K & Jenab Javaid Ahmad Dar Hon’ble Minister of State, J&K, Health & ME, R&B, Floriculture, Agriculture were the guest of honour.  The inaugural programme was organized by J&K State AIDS Control Society (JKSACS) at Bari-Brahmana Railway Station in collaboration with District Administration Samba and Chief Medical Officer, Samba.

Welcoming the guests Mr. Mubarak Singh District Development Commissioner Samba appreciated the efforts of all coordinating agencies who had made the RRE initiative a success.  He appealed the masses to avail the facilities available in the RRE train.

Delivering the key note address Dr. Rakesh Khajuria Project Director, J&K State AIDS Control Society highlighted the significance of Red Ribbon Express Project especially in context of HIV/AIDS awareness and explained in detail the services being offered on this train. He appealed all the masses to visit the train and take the benefit of various provisions available in RRE Train.

Speaking on the occasion Sh. Sham Lal Sharma, Hon’ble Minister for Health, Horticulture & Floriculture, J&K Government emphasized the need for the moral values in life especially in context of combating HIV/AIDS.  He also stressed the need for more and more involvement of youth specially women, students and village level workers in the combating this dreaded disease.  The Red Ribbon Express has been launched, with a holistic and comprehensive campaign to mobilize people’s movement against HIV/AIDS.  With the aims and objectives being fulfilled he requested that more and more people should benefit from these high-tech gadgets placed in the train to convey different aspects of HIV/AIDS.

 

 

Speaking on the occasion Sh. S.S. Slathia Hon’ble Minister for Industries & Commerce, J&K felt that the RRE Project will go a long way in imparting fruitful training and knowledge on HIV/AIDS & other health related issues.  He also appealed the youth to benefit from this innovative strategy.  Mr. Slathia also appreciated the Industries Association Bari-Brahmana for supporting and contributing financially for this campaign.

Speaking on the occasion Mr. Javaid Ahmad Dar Hon’ble Minister of State, J&K, Health & ME, R&B, Floriculture, Agriculture appreciated the efforts of the NACO, who had made it possible that such a facility like Red Ribbon Express would be made available.  He also threw light on the implementation of National AIDS Control Organization (NACO) programme by J&K State AIDS Control Society. 

It is pertinent to mention here that the RRE train has coaches on Information Education & Communication (IEC) where LCD’s and other games etc. for young adolescents are available which they will find interesting and the messages will percolate deep inside.  The train also has coaches where training will be imparted especially to those workers who come from rural areas.  Here they will get time to interact and gather better knowledge.   For those who are shy to go to ICTC centres and ART Centre where counseling, testing and Anti – Retroviral Therapy is available can avail the facility in the Red Ribbon coaches.  Expert doctors in their respective fields in the Railway coach will cater to the need of patients suffering from not only HIV/AIDS but other health related issues.  A team of Counselors and Technicians are also present to answer all the queries of masses regarding HIV/AIDS and other health issues.

Among the distinguished guests included Director Health Services Jammu Dr. Madhu Khullar, Director ISM, Director Floriculture, Director Horticulture, Director Family Welfare, CMO Samba and other distinguished guests.

Vote of thanks was presented by Dr. Sunil Kaila, Chief Medical Officer, Samba.

 

Deputy Director (IEC)