Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission (PMTCT)-Expansion in Manipur-Convergence with National Rural Health Mission (NRHM)
SAATHII’s experience in implementing Prevention of Parent to Child Transmission (PPTCT) programs led to a PPTCT expansion initiative through community outreach in Manipur state in 2009. Connecting pregnant women with HIV care in Manipur is challenging due to its hilly terrain, political instability, and large percentage of home deliveries. The PPTCT expansion in Manipur, in partnership with Manipur AIDS Control Society (MACS) and India’s National Rural Health Mission (NRHM), has adopted a community outreach strategy to provide counseling and testing for women with HIV and capacity building for front-line health workers. Involvement of these health care workers, including Auxiliary Nurse Midwives (ANMs) has proved to be instrumental in mobilizing pregnant women for availing ante-natal Care and PPTCT services.
All three partners have specific roles in the project. MACS provides rapid HIV test kits, lab technicians, and HIV counselors, NRHM provides medications and ANMs, SAATHII provides coordination for organizing community outreach camps and technical assistance through trainings and IEC materials.
- Total Number of ANMs Trained: 89
- ANMs Trained in Imphal West District: 52
- ANMs Trained in Ukhrul District: 24
- ANMs Trained in Chandel District: 13
- Number of Community Outreach Camps: 91
- Number of Women Reached with HIV Testing, Counseling, Ante-Natal Medications and Check Ups: 2,856
- Number of HIV+ Women Identified and Linked to Government PPTCT Services: 11
From Program Inception-March 2012:
Using the results of this project, SAATHII advocated with the NRHM Mission Director and MACS Project Director to scale-up community outreach across all districts of Manipur to reach those pregnant women not accessing health care facilities. In March 2011, NHRM and MACS directed all their district-level officers in Manipur to replicate this model within their areas of operation.