( Ongoing project )

by Faiham Ebna Sharif

Public health concerns in the post-colonial countries has an international dimension and connected with national security. Though as a public health issue, HIV/AIDS poses a little different pattern of the nexus of security, disease and commerce. In a country like Bangladesh, it is way different from other newly emerged nation states. Though secular by constitution but Muslim majority in distribution, as a state, Bangladesh neutralizes many challenges in HIV/AIDS fight. On the other hand, international returned migrant workers, stigma and discrimination against people living with HIV pose potential threat in HIV/AIDS war among high risk people.

Jahir Uddin, (pseudonym) returned from UAE on 2002 and got married next year. On 2008 his wife was diagnosed with HIV positive while the couple were expecting their third child. Then the physician found it was Jahir, from whom his wife and two of his children got infected with HIV virus. From counselling it was revealed that, Jahir became HIV positive through sexual exposure back in UAE. Eventually his last child, who is eleven years old and studying in grade 4 is HIV negative as the couple follows physicians’ instructions. This is one case story which can be replicated with many others among 9,600 HIV infected people in the country as per UNAIDS data 2015. It also shows, how women and children are pushed among the high risk group because of the social phenomenon. As we all know, the HIV/AIDS constitutes a global security threat for human being. So, creation of a buffer against further spread of HIV/AIDS requires a more thorough understanding of issues such as intimacy, cultural expectations and interpersonal relationships. In this regard, people who are living with HIV/AIDS already won a great and peaceful war of our time and remain unrecognized.