The apps named ‘Jindagi’ and ‘Samvaad’ were launched by Kishori Pednekar who was recently named as Mumbai’s new mayor.
The Jindagi app is aimed at helping HIV patients, while Samvaad is targeted towards HIV counsellors.
While speaking to My Medical Mantra, Dr Shrikala Acharya, additional project director of (MDACS), informed, “The Jindagi app will help answer questions or clear any doubts in the minds of patients. Patients will have to register themselves on the app. Informative videos are available on the app which will help answer common questions and remove misconceptions. This app also has a pill reminder and a quiz.”
She added, “The counsellor will get to know which video the patient has viewed. Due to this, the counsellor will be able to help patients by informing them in a detailed manner.”
World AIDS Day takes place on 1 December each year. It’s an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, to show support for people living with HIV, and to commemorate those who have died from an AIDS-related illness. Founded in 1988, World AIDS Day was the first-ever global health day.
Kishori Pednekar, the Mayor of Mumbai, stated, “This app is made for HIV patients. It will be beneficial for them. A lot of awareness had been created regarding HIV/AIDS, due to this, in the last few years AIDS has been brought under control. We have taken up the challenge to prevent the spread of HIV.”
According to the WHO, at the end of 2018, about 37.9 million people were living with HIV. Data suggests that about 75 million people have been infected with the virus until now, out of which 32 million lives have been lost because of HIV.
World AIDS Day is important because it reminds the public and government that HIV has not gone away – there is still a vital need to raise money, increase awareness, fight prejudice and improve education.