We are at the end of another year and i4d is again bringing the issue on ICT and HIV/AIDS in response to the interest shown by our enthusiastic authors and readers. We couldn’t escape this issue as we are from South Asia, a heterogeneous and highly mobile region where HIV epidemic is severe in magnitude and scope.
Few days back, an evidence of social boycott of a family in an Indian village was being shown on one of the Indian television channels. The reason behind this social boycott is detection of HIV positive in one of the family members. The social boycott involves keeping the family deprived from all public amenities, all public places, and all community activities. This evidence and many such evidences prove that HIV/AIDS is a social issue.
Most of us know that in South Asia, most severe epidemics occur in parts of India, at least 60 percent of all people with HIV in Asia are living in India. But there is lack of proper communication for awareness generation and information sharing. Communication and information can help to HIV/AIDS understanding and prevention. As a part of this society, each of us is responsible to share our knowledge and to enlighten the society through knowledge sharing and proper information generation.
ICTs are opening fresh pathways for transforming the way we live, act, think, learn and communicate. It has the potential to contribute to the construction of true knowledge societies based on the sharing of information and incorporating all socio-cultural and ethical dimensions of sustainable development. Now we must think of the ways of using ICT so that it can contribute to the construction of true knowledge societies based on the sharing of information and incorporating all socio-cultural and ethical dimensions of sustainable development.
This issue of i4d has tried to act as a platform for knowledge sharing. It has compiled the activities related to awareness generation and knowledge sharing with the help of ICT. Hope the experiences shared through the contents will help many of us to explore more about using ICT as a tool to remove the blind beliefs regarding HIV/AIDS so that it exists no more as a ‘social curse’.
Let us hope for a better tomorrow.
Wish all of our readers and authors a very happy new year 2007.