26 October, 2020

Albina Du Boisrouvray

A French countess, Time magazine's hero of '03 and founder of the international NGO FXB, which works in the area of HIV, on her plans for India

Albina Du Boisrouvray
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What’s new in FXB’s India strategy?

To use our presence in the 35 states and union territories to highlight the epidemic.

Is India still in denial about HIV/AIDS?

No. NACO has been very active. But the message of HIV prevention and treatment is yet to reach rural areas.

Why is India attracting so many celebrities campaigning for HIV/AIDS awareness?

Probably because it is an example of growing leadership and commitment on the AIDS crisis. Estimates show that more than two-thirds of people living with HIV in Asia are in India. So the challenges it faces are enormous.

Why is FXB focusing on AIDS orphans and not other orphans?

AIDS orphans are among the most vulnerable and stigmatised groups. When one or both parents die of AIDS, they are doubly discriminated. If they are HIV positive as well, even their extended family doesn’t want to take care of them.

What is the best redressal mechanism?

FXB thinks the best way is to facilitate support mechanisms for these children within...

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