Friday, January 27, 2023

Workshop on Public Health and Advanced HIV disease held


Kripa Foundation Nagaland in collaboration with Medicins Sans Frontiers, Access Campaign organised a one day workshop on “Public Health and Advanced HIV disease” at Kripa Foundation Training Hall, Red Cross Building Raj Bhavan Road on Wednesday.
Resource person, Regional Head, Medicins Sans Frontiers (MSF), Access Campaign, Leena Menghaney highlighted the objective of the workshop regarding the background, burden, and causes of advanced HIV Disease (AHD) and to identify a critically unwell AHD patient and Advocacy for AHD care, diagnosis and treatment.
With the only Antiretroviral therapy (ART) centres for advanced HIV in Bihar, Menghaney urged the civil societies and people of the state to pursue for a centre for Nagaland.
Menghaney said that despite of increasing access to treatment, the number of people with advanced HIV at the time of diagnosis remains high and has not yet declined.
She shared that the mortality rate among people with advanced HIV disease was very high even with access to ART and that the risk of death was higher with low CD4 cell count, especially with CD4 cell count <100 cells/mm3. She also informed on the components of the recommended WHO basic package of care for Advanced HIV Disease (AHD).
She further informed the participants of the workshop that the AIDS-related mortality was driven by 36% Tb,18% by Cryptococcal meningitis, 15%by PCP, 15% by Toxoplasmosis and 17% by other severe bacterial infections and other factors and was followed by interaction session.

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