Sunday, December 26, 2010

Aghaz-e-Nau carried out a seminar to observeThe World AIDS Day

Activities Carried Out by the Members of Aghaz-e-Nau
The program started with a ceremony of wearing red ribbon. The red ribbon is an international symbol of AIDS awareness that is worn by people all year round and particularly around World AIDS Day to demonstrate care and concern about HIV and AIDS, and to remind others of the need for their support and commitment. 

The formal session started at 11:00 am with the Recitation of Qur’an by Muhammad Ahmad followed by a Naa’t by Hira Tufail. The program was hosted by Waqas Hassan and Raqia.

A very well elaborated presentation on “Role of Youth in Prevention of HIV/AIDS” was delivered by Arjumand Ayub, Clinical Psychologist. She explained the difference between HIV/AIDS, Means of transmission and ways to prevent it with special focus on youth and their role in the prevention of HIV/AIDS.
She also focused on to accept those living with HIV/AIDS as any other diseased person to minimize the stigma and discrimination.

A video of a person was shown to the participants. The video was a true story of a person living with HIV/AIDS. He shared his experience of fear; stigma; and discrimination and he talked about the way he managed to overcome these issues. He developed courage, confidence and energy to live a normal life. Other than Antiviral Treatment he talked of taking help from Alternative Therapies including Reiki, Yoga, Swimming and Massage. His main focus was on Mind-Body-Soul Relationship. The idea behind was to convey a message of “HOPE” that AIDS is not curable but can be managed though in a hard way.

A Poem was recited by Raqia and the gist was how HIV (Virus) attacks the body and weakens the immune system yet an infected person needs to learn to accept it and take care of himself. Another poem was presented by Sumaira Shahzad. It carried a message for the general population to accept people living with HIV/AIDS and to minimize the stigma.

Mime is a type of acting using only gestures and facial expressions. Mime was presented by Hira Aziz and friends. It was a story of a young girl who encountered certain risk factors and became HIV Positive. Initially, she was in pain and agony. Finally, she came to realize that she will have to learn to live with it. She decided to educate the general population that it is very much normal to interact with HIV/AIDS patients at the same time one needs to take certain precautions.

A Rap was presented by Arslan Austin. The Rap was about a young man whose mother was on drugs and she was a sex worker. She died because of AIDS. In this rap the young man was coming up with his feelings of pain, sadness and anger as for him it was a traumatic experience.

Address by the Chief Guests
Dr. Salman Shahid, Director Punjab AIDS Control Program (PACP) said there is a dire need to spread the information and create awareness regarding the threat of HIV/AIDS and use of drugs among the masses so that they could protect themselves from this menace. 
He also highlighted the causes and preventive measures of HIV/AIDS. He said that majority of the population of our country consisted of youth and they are the most at risk population, which needs to be targeted.

Ms. Shahtaj Qazalbash, one of the founding members of AGHS and is the member of Human Rights Commission of Pakistan. She is working with “AGHS Legal Aid Cell” as a Coordinator Para Legal and Para Legal Extension Program since 1989. She appreciated different activities carried out by students and expressed her desire to create awareness regarding HIV/AIDS at the grass root level. She also felt that attending the program was a good learning experience.

The program was ended with Candle light Vigils and a song.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

World AIDS Day

Started on 1st December 1988, World AIDS Day is about increasing awareness, fighting prejudice and improving education. The World AIDS Day theme for 2010 is 'Universal Access and Human Rights'. World AIDS Day is important in reminding people that HIV has not gone away, and that there are many things still to be done.
According to UNAIDS estimates, there are now 33.4 million people living with HIV, including 2.1 million children. During 2008 some 2.7 million people became newly infected with the virus and an estimated 2 million people died from AIDS. Around half of all people who become infected with HIV do so before they are 25 and are killed by AIDS before they are 35. The vast majority of people with HIV and AIDS live in lower- and middle-income countries. But HIV today is a threat to men, women and children on all continents around the world.
The protection of human rights is fundamental to combating the global HIV and AIDS epidemic. Violations against human rights fuel the spread of HIV, putting marginalized groups, such as injecting drug users and sex workers, at a higher risk of HIV infection. By promoting individual human rights, new infections can be prevented and people who have HIV can live free from discrimination.
World AIDS Day provides an opportunity for all of us - individuals, communities and political leaders - to take action and ensure that human rights are protected and global targets for HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment and care are met.

Aghaz-e-Nau is holding a seminar on 22nd December, 2010 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm followed by lunch. The seminar is being conducted to observe the World AIDS day. It will be informative and full of entertainment. Students are encouraged to participate. Music Society will be performing too.
Venue:  9-G, Model Town, Lahore
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Friday, November 26, 2010

Invitation to observe World AIDS Day 2010

Punjab AIDS Control Program (PACP) is organizing a Drama Competition. The program is being organized in collaboration with UNICEF, UNAIDS along with different educational institutes on 1st December, 2010 at Hotel Holiday Inn. Students who wish to attend the event can collect invitation cards from me.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Training Workshops for Young students

Aghaz-e-Nau (AeN) plans to start certified training workshops for young students on "Drug Abuse Prevention Counseling". AeN will run 2 training workshops over a period of 2 months starting from November, 2010. Training workshops will be conducted twice a week (Saturday & Sunday) from 10:am to 2:pm (32 credit hours). All the training sessions will be full of activities and highly interactive. 

First session will start from Saturday, 6th of November. Interested students from different colleges and universities of Lahore are requested to get registered by Friday, 5th of November. Second session will start from December 2010. There are no charges for these training workshops.  

Students will receive training in the following areas:

  •  Drug addiction is a brain disease
  • Commonly used drugs
  •  Health hazards of drug abuse
  •  Other hazards of drug abuse
  •  Identification of personal risk factors
  •  Developing protective factors
  •  Helping others to stay away from drugs
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Saturday, October 23, 2010

Innovative Community Based Drug Abuse Prevention Program

Aghaz-e-Nau (AeN) plans to carry out “An Innovative Community Based Drug Abuse Prevention and Awareness Program” with the following features:

1- Youth development programAeN will provide training to young students in drug abuse prevention counseling. A total number of 240 students will receive training. These students will be certified as youth leaders. A group of 30 students will receive training every week in the following areas:

  •          Drug addiction is a brain disease
  •          Hazards of drug abuse
  •          Identification of personal risk factors
  •          Developing protective factors
  •          Staying away from drugs

Training workshops will help young students develop communication skills, assertiveness skills, confidence building and healthy self esteem to resist the influence of drug abuse and to help them taking healthy decision at the right time.

Training workshops will be helpful for young people to learn how to act in the world around them, to explore, express, belong and influence. Opportunities give young people the chance to test ideas and behaviors and to experiment with different roles. It is important to stress that young people, just like adults, learn best through active participation and that learning occurs in all types of settings and situations.

Training workshops will provide motivational, emotional and strategic supports to young students to succeed in life. The supports can take many different forms, but they must be affirming, respectful, and ongoing. The supports are most powerful when they are offered by a variety of people, such as parents, community/social networks, teachers, youth workers and peers who are involved in the lives of young people.

2- Club Activities – AeN will work as a student membership organization (Club). Youth leaders will work to carry out drug abuse awareness activities, provide training and leadership development to help other students develop “protective factors”   sponsor prevention activities, and encourage volunteerism & mentoring.

3- Parents’ Power – AeN will conduct “parent education program” that has been designed to enhance parenting skills to foster healthy families to be able to resist drug abuse. A total number of 8 training workshops will be carried out for parents in 8 different schools. These training workshops will help parents know the hazards of drug abuse and empower them to learn and develop positive preventive action. Training workshops will help parents:

  •          Be a good listener
  •          Give clear no-use messages about drugs and alcohol
  •           Help their children deal with peer pressure
  •          Get to know their children’s friends and parents
  •          Monitor their children’s whereabouts
  •          Supervise teen activities
  •          Maintain an open and honest dialogue with their children

4- Teachers’ Power – AeN will conduct “teacher education program”. Teachers exert a significant influence on students' attitudes, knowledge, and opinions. They can complement a drug abuse prevention program. Teachers will learn to structure activities that require students to consider several options before making a decision. 

5- Networking - AeN will develop linkages with local health providers and medical stores for information exchange, service needs identification and referral encouragement. Community action box – AeN will develop IEC material for students, parents, teachers and community leaders including leaflets and posters.

6- Heroes Program/Media – AeN will involve national heroes as role models to reinforce drug abuse prevention and awareness activities. AeN will also involve media to reach the masses. All the prevention activities carried out by AeN will be documented and 4 programs will be taken “on air” on weekly basis on a local TV Channel. The most appropriate role the media can play in preventing drug abuse is the dissemination of school-based approaches of proven efficacy. It will encourage positive interpersonal communication. Mass media programs are seen as means to improve acceptance of school-based prevention programs by parents.

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Thursday, April 22, 2010

Behavior Therapy for Children

Behavior charts are a great way to motivate kids and help them eliminate negative behaviors. Not only can behavior charts help kids get a handle on tricky behaviors, but they can help kids keep track of chores, homework, reading, instrument practice, and pet care. For behavior charts to work most effectively, you need to use them correctly. For further information contact at