World Bank team visits shelter home

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 11 Jun 2018 10:43:07



Staff Reporter

A high-level team of the World Bank visited Nirbhaya shelter home at Idgah Hills in city. A team led by World Bank officer Suresh Mohammad visited the Nirbhaya shelter home to review its work. Other members were Maria Pinto, Saveena Ammasor from World Bank, Kachina Chawla from USAID, Vinita Varma from NACO (National Aids Control Organisation) visited the shelter home. Nirbhaya Women Swadhar Home Director Sher Afzal khan and Samar Khan were present. Maria Pinto from World Bank said, “We are very much pleased to see the progress of work of shelter home. She also said “India is the country, where HIV infections are occurring in the Asia-Pacific region. While India has made big progress with new infections dropping significantly, the emergence of HIV in some locations that were earlier considered ‘not high-burden’ areas is a cause for concern.” According to the 2017 UNAIDS data, new HIV infections in India have decreased by 46% and AIDS-related deaths have decreased by 22% since 2010. In 2016, India had 80,000 new HIV infections compared to 1,50,000 in 2005, and 62,000 AIDS-related deaths compared to 1,50,000 in 2005. The key population most affected by HIV in India are sex workers (HIV prevalence of 2.2%), gay men and other men who have sex with men (HIV prevalence of 4.3%), people who inject drugs (HIV prevalence of 9.9%) and transgender people (HIV prevalence of 7.2%).

Saveena Ammasor stated that it is our sole duty to do work for the poor by supporting the shelter home. She appreciated the work of organisation and assured to provide help to those in need. Nirbhaya Swadhar Home representative Samar Khan elaborated about the programme and mission and vision of the shelter home. She said that this shelter home is considered one-stop crisis management centre for women. Run by MP Anusuchit Jati Vikas Evam Kalyan Samiti, it has helped more than a thousand women and girls, who are victims of various kinds of violence. The centre works towards providing legal and medical aid, shelter, protection, security and other such facilities to women under one roof. Functioning successfully under the Directorate of Women Empowerment, the centre works in aiding victims of rape, dowry harassment, domestic violence, human trafficking, cyber crime and other related issues. Health checks are also being organised regularly for the girls in the shelter home.