Complementing the Government HIV Programme, the Global Fund-supported Vihaan Care & Support Programme, implemented by India HIV/AIDS Alliance (Alliance India) and its partner, promotes care & support for people living with HIV (PLHIV) to improve the uptake and efficacy of treatment since April 2013 onwards. A core component of India’s national HIV strategy, Vihaan offers community-based outreach, follow-up, counselling and referral services for PLHIV to strengthen treatment adherence, increase retention in care, and improve the overall quality of life for PLHIV.
Currently, 310 Care & Support Centers (CSCs) are linked with all functional ART centers across India to provide differentiated care and support services to more than 1.4 million PLHIV by 2021.
The Vihaan consortium is led by Alliance India and National/state-level PLHIV networks and NGOs that partner with district-level PLHIV networks and other organizations to deliver care & support services in communities. Vihaan CSCs are committed to the health and well-being of all PLHIV and their affected families, with a 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), Trans genders, Hijras and People who inject drugs (PWID). Vihaan provides access to a range of quality care & support services using an integrated approach that complements existing HIV prevention and treatment programming. Working in coordination with nearby ART Centers, CSCs serve as safe spaces for PLHIV, offering services that include counselling, outreach and follow-up support, health referrals, and linkages to social welfare schemes.
For more detailed information about the Programme, you can visit our website http://www.allianceindia.org/our-work/vihaan/