NVO News (08.26.2013)
Ghulam Nabi Azad, India’s Union Minister of Health and Family Welfare, announced the launch of the National AIDS Control Support Project (NACSP) IV, which will target New Delhi high-risk groups, including female sex workers, men who have sex with men, injecting drug users, truckers, and other migrant populations. Although earlier NACSP efforts received funding primarily from multilateral and bilateral development agencies, domestic support and the World Bank will provide most of the funds for the current effort. The World Bank will finance $255 million of the project’s total $510 million cost interest free.
“Civil Society organizations, community groups, donor partners, and international organizations” participated in NACSP IV strategic planning, which mapped out five strategies designed to prevent HIV and ensure access to treatment and care for HIV-infected people. NACSP will fund three strategies—prevention, behavior change, and institutional strengthening—and the national budget and other donors will support care, treatment, and support for HIV-infected people and strategic information management and surveillance systems. The project also planned to support communications and advocacy efforts that aimed to reduce HIV stigma and promote HIV prevention.
Program planners estimated that NACSP would reach 90 percent of the target populations by 2017 and would prevent approximately 3 million new HIV infections. Azad stated that more than 99.5 percent of India’s population was HIV-free at present.