COPE complemented the efforts of Svetana, SAATHII's private sector PPTCT initiative, in five of the 14 Svetana states: Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra and Karnataka. In order to increase retention in the PPTCT cascade, it placed a cadre of outreach staff called PPP Field Coordinators (FCs) to promote uptake of PPTCT services in districts where the number of positive pregnant women and mother-baby pairs is high.
SAATHII's work since 2002 to expand Prevention of Parent to Child Transmission (PPTCT) programs in the private healthcare sector (see here), has made us aware of challenges in reaching out to pregnant women living with HIV, and mother-baby pairs, in order to ensure timely initiation of anti-retroviral treatment for the mothers, prophylaxis for the infant, and completion of Early Infant Diagnosis and other steps in the cascade.
Mobile International Center for Traditional Childbearing (ICTC) - Nizamabad district, Andhra Pradesh
As part of the Public Private Partnerships Program in Andhra Pradesh, as well as the Prevention of Parent to Child Transmission (PPTCT) program, a SACS-funded Mobile International Center for Traditional Childbearing (ICTC) is being operated in the Nizamabad district of Andhra Pradesh. The purpose of the ICTC is to reach the unreached Most At Risk Populations (MARPs) and pregnant women with HIV counseling and testing services, with the following specific objectivities:
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
Scale up of PPTCT Services in Private Health Facilities of Maharashtra in Collaboration with MSACS/MDACS
Based on learnings from Andhra Pradesh-Public Private Partnership (PPP) Program, SAATHII’s Tamil Nadu PPP unit provided technical assistance to TamilNadu State AIDS Control Society (TANSACS) and AIDS Prevention and Control –Voluntary Health Services Project (APAC-VHS) in the implementation of PPP- Integrated Counseling and Testing Centers (ICTCs). The PPP program, which took place from February to December 2010, provided comprehensive ICTC and PPTCT services to the general population and pregnant women accessing private hospitals.