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Shiamak Davar joins AIDS campaign

Mumbai, Dec 6 : Mumbai-based internationally renowned choreographer and singer Shiamak Davar has joined the 'End AIDS India' initiative being shaped to provide the opportunity for citizens to become 'Heroes for Zero' - zero new HIV infections, zero stigma & discrimination and zero AIDS-related deaths.


Marking the 25th anniversary of World AIDS Day, Shiamak Davar and his Victory Arts Foundation will be making a special free appearance at High Street Phoenix in Lower Parel here on Friday to highlight the cause.

'End AIDS India' is spearheaded by the International HIV/AIDS Alliance and five of its linking organisations across India - Mamta Health Institute for Mother and Child, LEPRA Society, India HIV/AIDS Alliance, Humsafar Trust and Vasavya Mahila Mandali.

The organizations cover a range of issues pertaining to HIV, from the prevention of mother to child transmission to the protection and empowerment of especially vulnerable populations.

"India has made impressive strides in combating HIV, reducing the number of new infections by more than 50 percent over the past decade," noted Roy Wadia, part of the core 'End AIDS India' team.



"But if we are to truly end AIDS, all of us must get involved, by supporting the excellent work key NGOs are doing and removing for once and for all the very real stigma that is still attached to HIV - stigma which remains at the heart of the challenge to ensure that people living with or affected by HIV are treated with compassion, understanding and dignity so that they can lead normal, healthy and productive lives. So come, join us. Believe. Be counted," Wadia said.

Davar said, "We can educate and empower through various ways, including entertainment. Serious messages can be imparted effectively through the arts and inspire millions to take action."

He added, "I'm honoured to support End AIDS India which encompasses the great work many NGOs are doing to secure an AIDS-free future. Let's make the impossible possible."

--IBNS (Posted on 06-12-2013)

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