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India’s HIV prevention model can be adopted in many countries: Vardhan | India News

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NEW DELHI: India’s HIV prevention model can be adopted and expanded in many countries by tailoring the program of specific interventions according to local settings and can also be replicated in other disease prevention and control initiatives, the minister said Wednesday Union Health Officer, Harsh Vardhan.
Addressing a ministerial meeting of the Global Prevention Coalition (GPC) for HIV Prevention via videoconference, he acknowledged that the global AIDS response has shown remarkable success in reducing new infections, improving access to prevention services for key populations and treatment services for people living with HIV. (PLHIV) and the reduction of AIDS-related mortality, among others, the Ministry of Health said in a statement.
Vardhan noted that the organization has “shown the world a model in which multiple stakeholders can come together and work cohesively toward a common goal.”
Speaking about India’s unique HIV prevention model, which focuses on the concept of ‘social contracting’ through which the Targeted Interventions (TI) program is implemented, Vardhan said that, with the support of NGOs, The program aims to provide outreach, service delivery and advice. and testing and securing links to HIV care.
“India’s prevention model can be adopted and expanded in many countries by tailoring the intervention according to local settings. It can also be replicated in other disease prevention and control programs,” the statement was quoted as saying.
Vardhan explained how India protected the progress made in HIV prevention during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“The Government of India took swift and timely action by engaging communities, civil society and development partners to go the last mile with a robust implementation plan for ARV dispensing.
“The government also linked key populations and PLHIV to various social welfare schemes. NACO issued advisories and guidance notes from time to time aligned with global guidelines in context,” he said.
The Health Minister informed the audience how India had renewed its IT program to target hard-to-reach populations to meet its commitments: people living in prisons and other closed settings were considered priority populations and the interventions launched were gradually scaled up since 2016; HIV Counseling and Testing Services (HCTS), community-based HIV screening to improve early diagnosis, were also intensified.
He also informed them that HIV testing coverage was increased throughout the country to achieve the elimination of mother-to-child transmission of HIV.
He also added that under the Test and Treatment Policy, approximately 50,000 PLHIV who were lost to follow-up were re-linked to Antiretroviral Treatment services through ‘Mission SAMPARK’, while viral load testing facilities have been expanded from the 10 existing audiences. laboratories of the sector to 64 laboratories throughout the country.
In this sense, he also mentioned the enactment of the Human Immunodeficiency Virus and Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (Prevention and Control) Act, 2017, which has provided a legal and enabling framework to safeguard the human rights of infected and affected populations.
Vardhan warned various stakeholders of new vulnerabilities and risks exacerbated by the pandemic that warrant a gradual and coordinated response. He ended his speech by reiterating India’s commitment to achieving the 90-90-90 targets across the country by the end of the current year and also ending the AIDS epidemic as a public health threat by 2030.
Hosted by UNAIDS and UNFPA on behalf of the Global HIV Prevention Coalition (GPC), this year’s conference is important to achieving the 2016 UNGA commitment to end AIDS by 2030.
GPC member states had agreed to reduce new adult HIV infections by 75 percent by the end of 2020 from 2010 levels.

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