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Thailand will be AIDS free in 2016

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BANGKOK, 16 January 2011 (NNT) – Bangkok’s City Hall is working in collaboration with The Thai Red Cross AIDS Research Centre and the Department of Disease Control to transform Thailand into an AIDS-free country by 2016.

Presiding over the AIDS-free campaign “Getting to zero”,Permanent Secretary for the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration Mr. Charoenrat Chutikarn, said a seminar has been recently held for those involved in the campaign to exchange ideas on how they could achieve the target.

According to Mr. Chareonrat, the seminar has already been held twice on January 9th and 16th and will take place again on January 26th and 30th. The objective of this event is to reduce to zero the number of new cases, the HIV death toll, the stigma and discrimination against AIDS in the Thai society.

The topics of discussion will include, for example, a talk on the new infection statistics across the demographic groups and the discrimination against AIDS patients. The ‘Getting to Zero’ campaign has been established following in the footsteps of the United Nations and the World Health Organization. The campaign will begin this year and run till the end of 2016.

Reporter: Nuppol Suvansombut – NNT

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