A dissemination event in Dhaka for the Link Up program, which combines programs, research and advocacy to meet the needs of populations at high risk of HIV infection, was covered by a range of Bangladeshi news outlets.
Population Council research on the unique vulnerabilities of female sex workers, male pavement dwellers and at-risk youth was shared with government officials, partners and other stakeholders.
“'They’ve poor health-seeking behaviour as well as poor health knowledge. Furthermore stigma and discriminatory attitude from the general populace and also from the health professionals inhibits the at risk groups from having access of treatment,’ said Mohammed Wahid Hossain, director general of the Directorate General of Family Planning.
Findings of a study released at the seminar show that an enhanced sensitivity training to medical service providers reduces the stigma and discriminatory attitudes towards the at-risk groups significantly.”
Read more at The Daily Star.