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Decentralization of HIV Services in Imphal West: A Joint UN Program funded by UNAIDS and implemented by SAATHII in partnership with Manipur State AIDS Control Society (MSACS) and NRHM

Decentralization of HIV services in Imphal West district of Manipur, implemented by SAATHII as a pilot program, with the support of UNAIDS, aimed to strengthen health facilities, namely Primary Health Centers (PHCs) and Community Health Centers (CHCs) to provide basic HIV services. This program, implemented from November 2009 to November 2010, was carried out by capacitating the key health care providers. This involved sensitization of key stake-holders on concepts of decentralization, baseline-facility assessment to identify strengths and gaps, training of health care providers, and community engagement. The Expert Patient Trainers (EPTS) played an important role in program implementation. The project adopted WHO – Integrated Management of Adolescent and Adult Illness (IMAI) methodology for capacity-building initiatives.

Project Achievements:

  • Exposure visit by delegates of MSACS and NRHM, Imphal West to Karur and Chennai in February 2009 to obtain experience on decentralization
  • Sensitization of key stakeholders in Manipur facilitated inter-sectoral collaboration and effective program implementation in the district
  • 27 trained EPTs facilitated skill stations during training of Medical Officers and paramedical staff of PHCs and CHCs
  • The rapport built between the health care providers and the EPTs during skill stations improved referrals and linkages
  • 19 medical officers and 27 paramedical staff trained on WHO- IMAI methodology
  • Supportive mentoring visits helped increase confidence among trained health care providers to  deliver pre-ART care and appropriate referrals

Implementing Partners

  • Manipur State AIDS Control Society
  • National Rural Health Mission, State Office
  • District Health Mission Society, Imphal West
  • District AIDS Prevention and Control Unit, Imphal West

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Project Status: 
  • Aug 29 2012