Bangladesh cricket captain and Think Wise Champion Shakib Al Hasan said it becomes his duty to inform the youth about the horrors of HIV and AIDs and to make others informed about the human rights the afflicted people are entitled to.
“I have recently joined Think Wise Campaign as a part of my social responsibility. Using the power of cricket, it is now my duty to deliver the correct information about HIV and AIDs to the youth and vulnerable groups,” Shakib said while speaking at a press conference at the Pan Pacific Sonargaon hotel yesterday.
“It has also become my duty to establish human rights of the HIV-affected people and inspire others to gather information and take treatment from government and private health centres,” added Shakib.
The Think Wise initiative builds on a long-term partnership between the ICC, the joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), UNICEF and the Global Media AIDS Initiative (GMAI) that for more than seven years has reached out to the cricketing community to work together in responding to the global AIDS crisis.
Speakers informed that under the programme of Think Wise, key messages about HIV and AIDS have already been spread to 60 schools in Dhaka and Chittagong, two cities where the matches of the Cricket World Cup will take place, and road shows in 60 districts were held, as well as community-based cricket tournament.