Named for the Sanskrit word for ‘dawn’s first light,’
Increasing treatment adherence, reducing stigma and discrimination, and improving the quality of life of people living with HIV.
Vihaan is a national initiative establishing and managing 26 Care & Support Centres (CSCs) across Gujarat to expand access to essential services, increase treatment adherence, reduce stigma and discrimination, and improve the quality of life of people living with HIV (PLHIV).
The programme is designed as the care & support component of the country’s HIV response under National AIDS Control Programme IV (NACP IV). Working in collaboration with the Gujarat state AIDS Control society. The project is funded by Global fund through Primary Recipient India HIV/AIDS Alliance. GSNP+ as Sub Recipient operates in 24 district care support centers as 19 CSCs in support of India HIV/AIDS Alliance and 9 CSCs in support of National Health Mission, Govt of Gujarat and reaching to more than 40 thousand PLHIV.
The Vihaan consortium is led by GSNP+ is Guajrat and 24 District level PLHIV networks and NGOs that in turn partner to deliver care & support services in communities.
Vihaan CSCs are committed to the health and wellbeing of all PLHIV and their affected families, with special effort to reach those from underserved populations, including women, children and members of high-risk groups, such as female sex workers (FSWs), men who have sex with men (MSM), transgenders, hijras and people who inject drugs (PWID).
Goal of the Project: To improve the survival and quality of life of People Living with HIV (PLHIV)
Objective of the Program:• Early linkages to care support & treatment services
• Improved treatment adherence and education
• Increased early testing and expanded positive prevention activities
• Improved social protection and wellbeing of PLHIV
• Strengthened community systems and reduced stigma & discrimination
Major Activities of the Project:
• Focus on psychosocial support
• Education on adherence
• Positive prevention
• Periodic meetings with various groups:
– Widows and orphans
– MSM, transgender and hijras
– People who inject drugs
– Women in sex work
– Adolescents and young people
• Organizing support group meetings – for special groups or “buddy groups”
• Setting up of “discrimination response teams”
• Periodic advocacy with other departments and donors and private sector organizations
• Raising local resources for meeting immediate needs
• Linkages with local health clinic (hopefully ex-CCC) for minor OIs
• Developing data sharing system with local ART center
• Organizing periodic demonstration and community useful activities like nutrition demonstration, etc.
• Keeping “family as a unit” where appropriate and monitoring entire families – early detection and treatment
• Responding to specific needs of special groups
• Outreach activities
• Link to social Entitlement and Government scheme
District Coverage: Valsad, Navsari, Surat (2 Units), Vadodara, Nadiad, Ahmedabad (2 Units), Gandhinagar, Mehsana, Palanpur, Surendranagar, Kutch, Rajkot, Jamnagar, Junagadh, Amreli, Bhavnagar, Dahod, Porbandar, Bharuch, Narmada, Anand, Patan, Panchmahal and Sabarkantha.