CURRENTLY RUNNING PROJECTS
VIHAAN CARE & SUPPORT.
HIV/AIDS is a complex disease which not only deteriorate the health condition of affected person but also will have an impact on socio economic conditions of the person. The stigma associated with the disease makes conditions further worse. Impact is not limited to individuals and is visible at national level. HIV is contributing in increased health expenditure for State, decreased household income and increased unemployment. Effective care, support and treatment is an essential part of HIV prevention.
Care and Support Centre is a national initiative to provide expanded and holistic care and support services for PLHIV. It symbolises a ray of hope in the lives of PLHIV. CSC expands access to essential services, supports treatment adherence, reduces stigma and discrimination, and improves the quality of life of PLHIV across India.
Goal: The overall goal of CSC is to improve the survival and quality of life of PLHIV.
Objectives: Specific objectives of the programme include the following:
Early linkages of PLHIV to care, support and treatment services: The CSC will support PLHIV in early linkage to care, support and treatment services.
Improved treatment adherence and education for PLHIV: Adherence education and support can help the PLHIV sustain and manage their treatment regimes.
Expanded positive prevention activities: Early testing and diagnosis will be encouraged through appropriate counselling and peer support. All who are tested will be supported to engage their sexual partners, family members and children toward testing.
Improved social protection and wellbeing of PLHIV: The CSC will facilitate linkage to the existing social welfare and protection schemes under different line departments, corporate sector, public sector undertakings, and faith based organisations, and civil society organizations.
Strengthened community systems and reduced stigma and discrimination: To ensure a robust system that supports the program goal and ensures stigma and discrimination free access to quality services.
Constant reinforcement of key messages, peer counselling on positive living identifying opportunistic infections like TB on time, ensuring adherence, home visit to ensure family support and linking the client to various social welfare schemes etc are different activities of Care and Support programme which helps clients to cope with the disease and regular on treatment.
Differentiated care is a client-centred approach that simplifies and adapts HIV services across the cascade to reflect the preferences and expectations of various groups of people living with HIV (PLHIV) while reducing unnecessary burdens on the health system. By providing differentiated care, also called differentiated service delivery, the health system can reallocate resources to those most in need.
This is a program for HIV infected and affected children sponsored by Colgate Palmolive (India) Limited since 2008. The aim of the program is to improve the quality of life for Children living with HIV by providing financial support for their nutrition and education, capacity building of the children thus helping them to be independent. The program that had started with a handful of children has grown to support 90+ children now.
In the Financial Year 2017-18, the focus was on computer literacy and personality development programs for these infected and affected children who form a part of the Positive Step Program. Based on their need assessment the Knowledge Garden initiative (a creative library) was introduced to the program. The Knowledge Garden initiative has encouraged and helped children develop a desire to learn through creative ways. Colgate employee volunteers spend their time in engaging with these children through creative and fun based learning sessions which has helped these children sharpen their skills and given them the confidence to face challenges bravely and more positively. In the FY 2018-19, the program took another step in the Knowledge Garden initiative and launched a Mentorship program for senior children, who aspire to choose their career path. The mentorship program aims to enable these young, aspiring children with better guidance.
Every year, Colgate also organizes a special event on ‘World AIDS Day’, wherein the program children are invited to spend a day at the Colgate office and interact with their sponsors, volunteers, and with the entire Colgate family. This occasion is also a platform for the children to showcase their talents and for Colgate People to salute their spirit.
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Care and Support Centres (CSC):
The overall goal of Care, Support and Treatment (CST) component under NACP IV is to provide universal access to comprehensive, equitable, stigma-free, quality care, support and treatment services to all PLHIV using an integrated approach.
Based on the recommendation and priorities of NACP IV working group on care and support, the strategy of implementation of the care and support is being completely revamped to ensure cost effectiveness and sustainability. All care and support component of NACP III CCC, DIC & DLNs are brought under one roof to provide community based care and support services.
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