Feasibility of Increasing Uptake and Delivery of HIV/AIDS Services through Multi-Skilling of Front Line Health Workers in West Imphal District of Manipur
NACO, in partnership with UNDP, commissioned SAATHII to conduct a six month Operational Research (OR) study aimed at assessing the feasibility of multi-skilling of front line health workers in delivery of HIV/AIDS prevention services and increasing the uptake of HIV testing and care services. The study was conducted in Imphal West, a district with an area of 558 square kilometers and a total population of 4,39,532 (2001 Census). Imphal West is one of the four valley districts, with an HIV adult prevalence estimated at 0.75%. The OR took place from January to June 2011.
40 HRG (High Risk Group) villages were identified based on Quest Mapping conducted in 2008 under NACP III. Based on Link Worker Scheme (LWS) guidelines, a curriculum, mapping tools, and questionnaires were adapted and finalized. 40 ASHAs and 40 ANMs in Imphal West, from 40 HRG villages, participating in training on HIV / AIDS and HRG concepts. 36 ASHAs, post-training, participated in the research study.
- 206 clients contacted by ASHAs (IDUs – 48, MSM – 10, FSW – 23, Truckers – 12, Migrants – 3, PLHIV -2, Vulnerable Group – 27, General – 68)
- 24 HRGs and 27 vulnerable population referred by ASHAs were counseled and tested at various ICTCs in Imphal West from April-June 2011
- Recommendations were submitted to NACO and UNDP
- 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