The HIV/AIDS section of the National League for Democracy is planning to open a centre for people living with HIV during 2013, the NLD’s spokesperson told The Myanmar Times in an interview on December 7.
The centre will be in a three-storey building in East Dagon township on land donated by Sayadaw Ashin Zawana (known as Myittarshin sayadaw), said Daw Phyu Phyu Thin, Pyithu Hluttaw representative for Mingalar Taung Nyunt, who runs the NLD’s HIV/AIDS prevention and care section.
She said the centre would aim to solve the problem of space constraints for more than 300 HIV patients who are receiving treatment and care at the NLD’s existing centre, and to make room for more patients.
“We receive more patients every day and we have inadequate space for them,” she said.
The centre received more than 80 patients in 2010, more than 200 in 2011, and 300 people are receiving treatment and care at the centre. Space constraints have forced the centre to use two locations, one each in North Dagon and South Dagon.
“We can provide more treatment and care at one place rather than separating them in two places,” she said.
The new centre will be able to accept more patients, and additional services for HIV and AIDS patients such as education and counselling and development programs for people living with HIV, she added.
“Our greatest challenge is space. If we have enough room, we can do much more,” she said.
The estimated cost for the centre is K3 billion. The HIV/AIDS section founded an organising committee on December 1 to raise funds and manage the centre. The committee will be run under the aegis of Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, Sayadaw Ashin Zawana, and Daw Phyu Phyu Thin and other well-known celebrities such as director Kyi Phyu Shin, singers Lynn Lynn and Chit Thu Wai, and actor Nay Toe. Those who want to make donations can contact committee members and Daw Phyu Phyu Thin at 09-5024056, or 09-73137790.
The HIV/AIDS prevention and care centre of NLD’s HIV/AIDS section was founded in 2002 and is based in South Dagon township. It has been providing HIV prevention and care services for people living with HIV for 10 years.