The Human Immuno Deficiency virus (HIV), which causes Acquired Immuno Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS), has brought about a global epidemic far more extensive than many other killer diseases like malaria, tuberculosis and diarrhoea, which are preventable and curable. All over the world, HIV/AIDS is causing devastation - destroying communities and families and taking away hope for the future. In the absence of a cure, and in most cases in the absence of adequate treatment, HIV/AIDS diminishes or destroys quality of life before it takes away life itself.
The emotional and economic impact of HIV/AIDs affects a person's quality of life, family, friends and community. It affects production as well as household incomes and expenditures; it poses major problems for health systems and health care practices; it diminishes the capacity of societies to provide essential services and plan for the future; and it threatens good governance and human security.
CYSD intervenes with this global emergency systematically through Solidarity Group Action, exercises Behavior Change Communication, mitigates stigma and discrimination through well designed training modules, sensitizes Institutional Service Providers to bring about the necessary change, builds Communication Networks for sharing experiences, ensures Linkages with various schemes, and takes up Advocacy Action on emergency issues.
Sustainable development interventions at the individual, community and national level, needs to address health as a major focus area for the socio-economic development of any country. HIV/AIDS has emerged as the greatest threat to the health of human beings and prospects of development of the nation.