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Netherlands to Help Set up ART Units for HIV Patients in Pakistan

March 19, 2014

This article was reported by the News International.

The News International reported that a new two-month residential facility to treat HIV-positive, drug-addicted patients opened recently in Pakistan. The Nai Zindagi Trust established the first Antiretroviral (ART) Adherence Unit (AAU), which will house 100 residents. The Netherlands Foreign Affairs Ministry and the Mainline Foundation will support the unit.

According to Dutch Ambassador to Pakistan Marcel de Vink, Netherlands is fully committed to saving the lives of people with HIV by working with the Nai Zindagi Trust and supporting the ART units. De Vink mingled with patients during the inauguration event.

AAU, the first of its kind in Pakistan, is located near Islamabad in the Himalayan foothills. It provides holistic services, including counseling and medical treatment to HIV-positive patients who use drugs and need ART treatment. AAU's goal is to provide support for medication adherence so people with HIV can live longer, healthier lives. HIV organizations in 25 Pakistani districts refer patients to the unit. The Global Fund also provides support for services.

AAU's effectiveness will be watched closely for country-wide expansion possibilities. Pakistan needs additional centers as more patients need services than capacity can meet currently. The unit also will serve as a teaching facility to develop HIV expertise in the context of drug use and poverty.

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This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.
 
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