Dhaka, Dec 1 (UNB) - The World AIDS Day-2018 is being observed on Saturday in the country as elsewhere across the globe.
The theme of this year is “Know Your Status”.
President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina issued separate messages on the eve of the day wishing all-out success of the programmes marking the day.
Health and Family Welfare Ministry is organizing a discussion marking the day at the auditorium of Krishibid Institution Bangladesh (KIB) today (Saturday).
In a message issued marking the day, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said more than 77 million people have become infected with HIV, and more than 35 million have died of an AIDS-related illness.
According to new report of UNICEF, In Bangladesh, the HIV prevalence among general population remains low (<0.1%) while around 80 adolescents will die of AIDS globally every day by 2030 as per the current trends.
Some 360,000 adolescents are projected to die of AIDS-related diseases between 2018 and 2030, said the report.
The World AIDS Day is observed on December 1 every year to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS and demonstrate international solidarity in the face of the endemic.