July 30, 2008

Nepal Launches HIV-Friendly Hospital Program

Nepal launches HIV-friendly hospital program

KATHMANDU, July 30 (Xinhua) -- The National Network against HIV/ AIDS, Nepal (NANGAN), has selected three hospitals to launch HIV- friendly Hospital program, The Rising Nepal reported on Wednesday.

Under the program supported by donor communities, HIV-affected persons will be provided quality health services in the hospitals.

Speaking at a workshop organized by NANGAN's regional branch in Pokhara in western Nepal on Tuesday, program coordinator Sweety Vaidya said the doctors, HIV-infected people, social mobilizers and health workers would be trained at the initial phase on the concept of HIV-friendly hospitals.

Laxmi Adhikari, who has been living with HIV for the last 12 years, said the HIV-infected should also be involved as per their qualifications in counseling and awareness programs against prevention and control of HIV.

These hospitals are Teku Hospital in the capital Kathmandu, Gandaki Zonal Hospital in Pokhara and Bheri Zonal Hospital in Nepalgunj in mid-western Nepal.

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