Founder and Executive Director of Ashar Alo Society (AAS)
Hijri Unknown-Present (AH); Common Era Unknown-Present (CE)
Habiba Akter is the Founder and Executive Director of Ashar Alo Society (AAS), a national NGO in Bangladesh which works for those infected with and affected by HIV and AIDS to improve their quality of life, ensure rights care and treatment services, reduce stigma and discrimination, encourage greater involvement, and contribute to HIV prevention in Bangladesh. In the past twelve years, Ms. Akter has worked on HIV and AIDS intervention strategies, policies, management, capacity development, networking, advocacy and community mobilization, particularly in the area of Care & Support Program for PLHIV. As the Executive Director, Ms. Akter supervises five divisional offices of AAS with over 100 staff members and seven projects currently being implemented. She is also Chairperson of a consortium under The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM) Round-6 project, Package-910 titled “Care and Support for People Most Affected by HIV and AIDS”. She is a member of the country coordination mechanism (CCM) which is the supreme authority of funding on HIV and AIDS through GFATM in Bangladesh. She has a vital role in building a national network of PLHIV in Bangladesh. She formed the “Women’s network of HIV positive in Bangladesh” under the umbrella of Ashar Alo Society (AAS) which is a remarkable milestone for the well-being of HIV positive women in Bangladesh.