‘Vihaan’ which means ‘Dawn’s First Light’ in Sanskrit works towards scaling up care and support services and improving access to treatment for PLHIV supported by Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM) Round 4 Phase II grant. The overall goal of the Vihaan program is ‘to improve the survival and quality of life of People Living with HIV’. Between April 2013 and March 2016, Vihaan will complement NACP IV plans to put in place a quality Care &Support system that will complement HIV prevention and treatment programmes already in place.
FXB India Suraksha being a Sub- Recipient (SR) is responsible for programme funding, management and monitoring of VIHAAN for 6 states in the North Eastern part of India. FXB India Suraksha is working in the states of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Sikkim, Meghalaya, Mizoram and Tripura supporting Community Support Centres (CSCs) and Help Desks (in Kolasib, Lunglei & Champhai districts of Mizoram) in selected districts to implement VIHAAN. Vihaan is implemented with the support of respective State AIDS Control Societies (SACS) and a host of other core and peripheral stakeholders like ART Centres, PLHIV networks, ICDS, DAPCUs, health centres, ICTCs, DOT Centres, various government departments and civil society organizations (CSOs).
Core Vihaan Objectives:
- Early linkages of PLHIV to Care, Support and Treatment services through CSCs.
- Improved treatment adherence and education for PLHIV: Adherence education and support helps the PLHIV sustain and manage their treatment regimes.
- Expanded positive prevention activities: Improved positive prevention contributes to the national efforts to prevent HIV transmission and reduce overall burden of disease.
- Improved social protection and wellbeing of PLHIV: The CSC facilitates access to the existing social welfare and protection schemes under different line departments, Corporate Sector, Public Sector Undertakings, Faith Based Organizations and civil society organization.
- Strengthened community systems and reduced stigma and discrimination
- Sub-Sub Recipient (SSR) and the service providers are being trained on programme monitoring & evaluation, finance management and on different thematic areas
- Registered PLHIVs are receiving at least one counselling service every quarter on thematic areas.
- PLHIV registered in the CSC are linked to Govt. social welfare scheme.
- Advocacy meeting are organised on regular intervals.
- Outreach strategies like Resource mapping, Vulnerability Index, Mobility Mapping, Service index and Problem Analysis are adopted for identifying and planning all health & social welfare/ protection need based public and private service centers for PLHIV community.
- State Oversight Committee had been formed in Mizoram and Meghalaya.
- Community Advisory Board was formed from states representations from Meghalaya, Assam and Sikkim
- The geographical terrain is a major challenge in reaching the clients with the current sanctioned numbers of ORWs and the travel budget allocated per CSC.
- CSCs and Help Desks have to reach out to PLHIVs in most remote corners of the state to bring people back into treatment continuum and advocate with community, local stakeholders and government to address various rights violation and marginalization.
- The FXB Regional Office at Guwahati and country head office at Delhi is entrusted with Vihaan management and the team is working tirelessly to improve the quality of life for the PLHIV community/ clients and the programme quality on the overall.
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