Haryana State AIDS Control Society
C-15, Awas Bhawan Sec-6 Panchkula Haryana
Haryana State AIDS Control Society is implemented by Government of Haryana and fully funded by Government of India, Department of AIDS Control, National AIDS Control Organization, New Delhi since its inception and registration as Society on 27th Feb 1998 and is functioning as per guidelines of National AIDS Control Organization (NACO).
National AIDS Control Program — Phase IV was rolled out in 2013-14 with all out elaborate plans and revised policies of NACO. State is in the phase of consolidating gains of reaching out to hard to reach population with intensity and building bridges over learnt lessons in the light of new challenges of rising vulnerabilities among general population especially less educated females and emerging infection due to unabated migration at the hub of rapid urbanization and growing industrialization in major parts of state. Sustaining coverage and intensity of interventions in areas where declines have been achieved is critical to consolidate gains. The growing needs of treatment and unabated stigma and discrimination demands more specific population based actions. NACP—IV aims to accelerate the process of epidemic reversal and further strengthen the epidemic response in India through a cautious and well defined integration process over the five year period. The objectives of NACP- IV are to reduce new infections and provide comprehensive care and support to all PLHIV and treatment services for all those who require it.
The program has been implemented as per the NACO guidelines under below mentioned components/ sub-components.
Integrated Counseling and Testing centers:-99 stand alone and 89 FICTC and PPP models are functional in Haryana in all districts where free counseling and testing facilities are provided to all clients (General, direct walk in as well as ANC).
Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI):- 88 STI clinics are functional (DSRCs and NGO TIs) where STI/RTI counseling, VDRL testing and treatment of STI is provided free of cost.
Blood Safety Services:- 79 NACO approved Blood Banks are functional and are screening blood for transfusion transmitted infections including HIV for its prevention of transmission. Blood Banks are also promoting safe voluntary blood donations and are organizing Voluntary blood camps.
Targeted Interventions:- 62 Targeted Interventions NGOs are working in Haryana for high risk population of Female Sex Workers (FSW), Men having Sex with Men (MSM), Injecting Drug Users (IDUs) and Migrants. They are working for prevention of HIV/AIDS through counseling, condom promotion, linkages and referrals to various Govt facilities like Integrated Counseling & Testing Centers (ICTCs), Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) clinic, Anti-Retroviral Therapy (ART) centers, DOT centre and Drop in centers and other health facilities for treatment.
Opioid Substitution Therapy (OST) was incorporated into the harm reduction program for IDUs in 2007-08 and since then Haryana SACS has been supporting OST centers all over state for bringing definite harm reduction among IDUs. Haryana SACS has initiated 10 OST centers at Panchkula, Ambala, Sonipat, Bahadurgarh (Jhajjar), Panipat, Faridabad, Jind, Rewari, Hisar and Sirsa in collaboration with respective TI NGOs and Government health set up.
Anti Retro Viral Treatment (ART) Centre:- One ART centre is functional at PGIMS Rohtak and 17 Link ART Centers are functional where free CD4 testing and treatment is provided free of cost to AIDS patients. A strong linkages and referral network is functioning among ICTCs, STI clinics, DOT centres, TIs and ART and LACs for better and effective prevention and management of HIV/AIDS in Haryana.
Information Education & Communication:- Haryana SACS has been able to reach out to people across the state through its innovative state specific IEC activities which include cultural/Folk performances, extensive campaign on radio, Hoardings (Flex), display and distribution of printed IEC material during seminars and events at district and sub-district level for health workers/general population. Awareness campaign is being carried out in 3351 Government and aided schools and 226 colleges through Red Ribbon Clubs for prevention of HIV/AIDS. Awareness is also carried out through Radio programs, Newspaper, Hoardings, etc. Various campaigns like Zindagi Zindabad through Folk troupes are being carried out to create awareness for prevention of HI V/AIDS.
Haryana SACS is also mainstreaming with different departments in the state to spread the message of HIV/AIDS awareness far and wide and creation of Red Ribbon Clubs across the state in educational institutions which in turn act as our ambassadors for spreading the message throughout the state. Regular trainings of various stakeholders are also held in order to update their knowledge and skills for prevention of HIV/AIDS.