VIHAAN
Introduction

National AIDS Control Organisation (NACO),Principal Recipient-I (PR-1),GFATM, Phase IV of RCC-II ensures Anti-Retroviral Treatment (ART) in all states through 400 ART Centres, 852 Link ART Centres & 17 Centres of Excellence.
India HIV/AIDS Alliance, Principal Recipient- (PR) ensures access to Care & Support Services through 350 Care and Support Centres (CSCs), 68 Help Desks and 6 Children Care and Support Centres (CSCs) in 31 states.
In the state of Odisha, LEPRA Society, as Sub Recipient of the programme,in its first phase, operates from Bhubaneswar while implementing through 9 Care & Support Centres (CSCs) in Koraput, Ganjam, Khurda, Cuttack, Angul, Bolangir, Sambalpur, Balasore and Sundergarh districts and 1 Help Desks i.e. Bhadrak, district.
Vihaan means ‘Dawn’s First Light’ works towards scaling up of Care, Support &Treatment (CST) services for People Living with HIV and AIDS (PLHIV) was initiated on 01 April 2013 until 31March 2016. The programme will ensure access to care & support services through Care &Support Centres (CSC).

Objectives

The overall goal of Care, Support and Treatment (CST) components under National AIDS Control Programme (NACP) Phase - IV is to provide universal access to comprehensive, equitable, stigma-free, quality care, support and treatment services to all People Living with HIV and AIDS (PLHIV) using an integrated approach.
The goal is ‘To improve the survival and quality of life of People Living with HIV and AIDS (PLHIV)’ contributing to the national strategies under the following objectives:

  1. Early linkage of PLHIV to care & support and treatment services.

  2. Improved treatment adherence and education for PLHIV.

  3. Expand positive prevention activities.

  4. Improved social protection and wellbeing of PLHIV.

  5. Strengthened community system reduced stigma and discrimination.

Activities

  1. PLHIV clients enrollment in Care and Support Centes (CSCs)& Help Desks

  2. Outreach activities

  3. Peer counselling

  4. Counselling on thematic issues in the CSCs by the professional counsellor

  5. Referral to Health Facility Centres for general ailments & Opportunistic Infections (OIs).

  6. Referral to non-health service delivery points

  7. LFU & Miss case Tracking.

  8. Need based Linkages  of PLHIVs with social entitlements

  9. Advocacy & Sensitisation programme with Government ,Non Government Organisations and Stakeholders

  10. Discrimination Response

  11. Participation &sharing in DAPCU& ARTC  Coordination Meetings

  12. Emergency support for terminal Ill clients

Achievements as on September,2014

9 Care & Support Centres (CSCs)

5426 clients (3516 ON-ART & 1910 Pre-ART clients) registered in CSCs out of whom 1970 clients have been linked with different social welfare schemes till September 2014.( schemes like Madhu Babu Pension Yojana(MBPY), Moo Kudia Yojana, Anthodia Anna Yojana (AAY), Indira Awas Yojana (IAY) etc.).

Help Desk
1263 clients (829 ON-ART & 434 Pre-ART clients) registered in Help Desks. 4815 CSC registered clients were counselled by the community counsellor and 4326 clients were counselled by the professional counsellor on thematic areas.

196 family members/sexual partners were referred and tested for HIV at ICTC.