Designed in tune with NACP-IV objective (comprehensive care, support and treatment to PLHIVs), Project Vihaan (meaning dawn) is a large-scale project that aims at improving the survival and quality of life of people living with HIV/AIDS. The project endeavours to provide cost-effective treatment, care and support to PLHIV through Civil Society Interventions and establishment of Care and Support Centres (CSCs).
HLFPPT, as Sub Recipient (SR) of Round 4, RCC Phase II Grant of GFATM, is implementing Vihaan programme in the states of Punjab and Chhattisgarh.
HLFPPT has established a total of seven CSCs – five CSCs in Punjab (Amritsar, Jalandhar, Patiala, Ludhiana and Bathinda) and two CSCs at three districts in Chhattisgarh (Bilaspur, Durg and Raipur). These have been established through Sub-Sub Recipients (SSRs) that look into the operational modalities in their respective regions.
Role of CSCs:
Under Project Vihaan, essential role of CSCs lies in establishing early linkages of PLHIVs to care, support and treatment services. Additionally, CSCs also attempt for improved treatment adherence and education for PLHIVs, expanded positive prevention activities, improved social protection and wellbeing of PLHIVs, strengthened community system and reduced stigma and discrimination.
PLHIVs Registrations at CSCs : Total 7,068. Punjab - 48% (4,626 against 9,591 targeted); Chhattisgarh - 27% (2,442 against 9,019 targeted)
Registered PLHIVs receiving at least one counselling session on thematic areas: 119.9% success (4,598 PLHIVs counselled against 3,835 targeted). Chhattisgarh - 136% (1,448 against 1,059 targeted); Punjab – 113% (3,150 against 2,776 targeted)
PLHIVs whose at least one family member or sexual partner referred for HIV testing and received test result: 79 PLHIVs. Chhattisgarh - 56 PHLIVs; Punjab - 23
PLHIVs registered at CSCs linked to Govt. social welfare scheme: 466 Total PLHIVs. Chhattisgarh - 359; Punjab - 107
Tracing Lost to Follow-Ups (LFUs) and bringing them back under the ambit of treatment is a vital aspect of Project Vihaan. A major setback for most HIV/AIDS prevention programmes is the high incidence of LFUs. These are PLHIVs who stop their treatment and tests midway as they do not realise the need for life-time adherence to drugs. During FY 13-14, HLFPPT has met this objective by tracking 367 LFUs and bringing them back to treatment.