With 2.1 million people living with HIV (PLHIV), India ranks 3rd on the global list of HIV Prevalence, next only to South Africa and Nigeria. Unprotected Sex and Low Condom Usage happen to be the driving causes for HIV transmissions, accountable for about 90% of newly infected cases in India.
HLFPPT promotes the idea of early diagnosis, timely treatment and adoption of a healthy lifestyle – that can go a long way in managing the life of a PLHIV and in delaying the advancement of HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) into AIDS (Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome).
For the last 25 years, HLFPPT has been working towards containing HIV transmissions and facilitating a better life for PLHIV through various programme implementations, awareness campaigns, advocacy efforts, behaviour change communication, etc. It has collaborated with the government, NGOs, international agencies & local communities and has been working in tune with the objectives of the National AIDS Control Programme Phase IV (2012-17) which include: Reducing new infections by 50%; and Offering comprehensive care, support and treatment to all PLHA.
Operational In: Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Madhya Pradesh & Chhattisgarh | Partner: NACO, State AIDS Control Societies
Technical Support Units (TSUs) have been instituted in different states by NACO to achieve a high level of coverage and maintain quality of HIV/AIDS related programmes. HLFPPT, under the guidance of NACO, has been managing TSUs in AP (10 districts), Telangana (10 dists), MP (41 dists) & Chhattisgarh (21 dists), whereby it provides techno-managerial support to TSUs; and is responsible for giving strategic guidance to them through capacity building & aligning their performance with state-specific needs. TSUs offer technical & professional expertise, capacity building and activities related to strengthening Targeted Interventions (TIs) for High Risk Groups (HRGs) and Bridge Population.
Vihaan is a national initiative for establishing and managing Care & Support Centres (CSCs) in 31 States/UTs across India to improve the quality of life of people living with HIV/AIDS (PLHIV). Working in collaboration with NACO and with support from The Global Fund, the Vihaan consortium is being led by India HIV/AIDS Alliance as Principal Recipient. HLFPPT, as Sub Recipient, is implementing it in 5 states through 30 CSCs. Apart from establishing CSCs, the project focuses on PLHIV registrations at the CSCs, providing them counseling, ensuring HIV testing of their partners, advocacy for their mainstreaming & linking them with government schemes, ensuring treatment adherence and bringing LFUs (Lost to Follow-ups) back to treatment.
Operational in: Bihar, Chhattisgarh & Odisha | Partner: The Global Fund
Prevention of Parent to Child Transmission (PPTCT) of HIV/AIDS is a primary concern for most HIV prevention programmes worldwide. In order to accelerate uptake of PPTCT services among pregnant women and reduce HIV transmissions among babies born from HIV positive mothers, Project AHANA has been launched in 218 high-priority districts across 9 states, where HIV testing uptake is currently only 18%. Being funded by The Global Fund, through Plan International India as Principal Recipient, HLFPPT is implementing the project as Sub Recipient across 58 districts in Bihar, Chhattisgarh and Odisha. The project encourages expectant mothers to undergo HIV screening during ANCs, build capacities of health service providers on PPTCT, follow-ups with HIV positive pregnant women, etc.
Promotion of voluntary blood donation is considered as one of the key strategies worldwide to ensure 100% blood safety, which is integral for lowering likelihood of transmitting potentially life-threatening infections including HIV, Hepatitis viruses, Malaria, etc. In 2009, HLFPPT has initiated a campaign for the promotion of voluntary blood donation in Kerala in association with Kerala State Blood Transfusion Council (KSBTC) and Kerala State AIDS Control Society (KSACS). The programme has contributed substantially in increasing voluntary blood donation in Kerala from 27% in 2009 to more than 80% from 2012 onwards, thus improving its Status from ‘low performing’ to ‘moderately performing’ with respect to voluntary blood donation as per NACO classification.
Operational in: MP, UP, Uttarakhand, Andhra Pradesh, Bihar & Delhi | Partner: NACO
To promote the use of condoms as triple protection against HIV/AIDS, STIs and unwanted pregnancies, HLFPPT has undertaken social marketing of condoms, with financial support from NACO & technical guidance from Technical Support Group (TSG) NACO. The programme has specifically targeted men in reproductive age group (15-49 years) in the six states. It has focused on: Creating a perpetual demand for subsidised condoms (Deluxe Nirodh & Rakshak) among high-risk groups (migrant workers, truck drivers, Female Sex Workers, Men having Sex with Men, etc) & general population; Increasing availability & access of condoms; and Ensuring their regular supply in rural & underserved areas.
To reduce HIV and STIs prevalence among Vulnerable Groups (Female Sex Workers, Men having Sex with Men, and Transgender Population) residing in nine high-risk districts of coastal Andhra Pradesh (Srikakulam, Vizianagaram, Vishakhapatnam, East Godavari, West Godavari, Krishna, Guntur, Prakasam and Nellore), HLFPPT has implemented project Swagati, with support from Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Through concerted efforts over a decade, Swagati has evolved from being an NGO-led initiative to a self-sustainable model that is completely owned, governed and managed by the community.
Operational in: Uttar Pradesh (20 districts) | Partner: UPSACS, NACO
With the aim to minimise HIV transmission and mitigate the impact of HIV/AIDS among out-migrant families at their source points, HLFPPT has implemented NACP’s Source Migrant Intervention Project in 20 districts of Uttar Pradesh (Ghaziabad, Muzaffarnagar, Meerut, Bijnor, Bulandshahar, Badaun, Aligarh, Etah, Raebareli, Sultanpur, Unnao, Faizabad, Banda, Varanasi, Allahabad, Ghazipur, Ballia, Ambedkar Nagar, Maharajganj & Siddharthnagar). The project has been funded by Uttar Pradesh State AIDS Control Society (UPSACS) and implemented under overall guidance of NACO. It has focused on: Increasing coverage of migrants & their spouses; Increasing HIV testing of target population by health camp or outreach activity; Capacity building of frontline works on awareness regarding HIV/STI/Condom use, etc.
NACP Phase III launched nation-wide Link Worker Scheme, aimed at building capacities of rural communities and equipping them with HIV-related knowledge to combat the epidemic. HLFPPT has implemented the project in UP under the guidance of NACO, with financial support from UPSACS. HLFPPT provided techno-managerial support to 12 partner NGOs as District Implementing Agencies (DIAs) to execute the project in 12 vulnerable districts of UP (Etawah, Deoria, Mau, Bahraich, Gorakhpur, Kushi Nagar, Azamgarh, Lucknow, Gonda, Basti, Jaunpur and Pratapgarh).