Mainstreaming Care and Support Services in Government Sector Medical Institutions: Salem District, Tamil Nadu
In collaboration with the USAD-funded AIDS Prevention and Control (APAC) Project of Voluntary Health Services, Chennai, SAATHII has initiated intensive efforts to mainstream HIV care and support with the government sector medical and public health institutions in the Salem district of Tamil Nadu. The primary goal of the project is to increase the access to quality care and treatment services to HIV positive individuals in Salem.
- To develop a cadre of core-trainers in HIV care-support-treatment from medical and paramedical streams of Salem's government sector institutions
- With the aid of the core trainers, the project aims to train up to 200 physicians and 800 paramedical staff from primary, secondary and tertiary institutions in the district
- To assess patterns of health-care seeking behavior of people living with HIV/AIDS in the district
- To mobilize support for primary health centers from stakeholders such as local government leaders, influential community members, public and private health-care providers, and civil-society organizations
- To establish sound documentation and reporting systems to consolidate information, assess impact, and facilitate replication and scale-up of the program.
A team comprising two project coordinators, a training manager, two documentation officers, and six on-site supervisors, carried out the activities from a field office established at Salem in September 2006.