February - March 2006
India Development Trust holds World AIDS Day Gala
India Development Trust had a Gala Fund-raising function on 1st December 2005
at Radisson Portman Hotel London. The event was organised to coincide with
World AIDS Day, IDT is raising funds to increase the awareness of HIV/AIDS,
establish Orphanage and special treatment facility in India. IDT
aims to provide care and support by funding the purchase of groundbreaking
new technology and through personal visits to severely affected parts of
India. Mr. Ranjan Mathai, Deputy High Commissioner for India in London attended
Dr. Prem Sharma, Chairman welcomed the guests and said that the new initiative
of IDT is designed to help the fight against HIV/AIDS in India by initiating
a programme of prevention, treatment and support for sufferers and their families.
Chan Chowdhry , Trustee , India Development Trust said that HIV/AIDS epidemic
could undermine the future growth of India. He appealed to all NRI’S
and laid out the action plan for Savera as follows:
voluntary testing on site via our mobile units
recruit families to adopt HIV children, AIDS Orphans and drug addicted
infants and refer them to adoption agencies
HIV infants and children as well as AIDS Orphans, who need homes, from
all over India.
an adopted families and children database in our in-house computer.
mobile phones to be provided to children to access free phone numbers
operated by the Emanuel Hospital with whom IDT is linked
abandoned HIV infants and AIDS orphans through private and public hospitals,
private and public health organizations, social work, and adoption agencies,
Guest Speaker Ms.Rebekah Webb of Global Campaign for Microbicides detailed
the progress made so far in developing special gel/crème which will
empower women to safeguard against HIV/AIDS infection.
Andrew Lansley CBE MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Health said:
“Fewer than a fifth of those at risk of HIV have access to the most basic
prevention services, only one in ten of those living with HIV have been tested
and know they are infected, and fewer than one in six of those who need life-saving
HIV drugs in low and middle income countries actually receive them.” He
concluded his speech by stating, “I congratulate the India Development
Trust in recognising the AIDS crisis in India and establishing the Savera Project
to help combat the epidemic. This is just the kind of home-grown model that
is necessary to fight the disease and sets a good example for others to follow.”
Paul Riat, Chairman Fund Raising Committee was assisted by Mrs Shashi Gossain,
Mr Ravi Gidar and Mr Surinder Aujla and a sum of £20,000 was raised .
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