The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs on 3 October 2013 approved the gross budgetary support of 8632.77 crore Rupees for implementation of the National AIDS Control Programme (NACP) Phase-IV by the Department of AIDS Control, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
NACP IV will integrate with other national programmes and align with overall 12th Five Year Plan goals of inclusive growth and development.
Objectives of the National AIDS Control Programme (NACP) Phase-IV
• Reduce new infections by 50 percent (2007 Baseline of NACP III)
• Provide comprehensive care and support to all persons living with HIV/AIDS and treatment services for all those who require it
Strategies adopted for achieving the objectives
• Intensifying and consolidating prevention services with a focus on (a) high-risk groups and vulnerable population and (b) general population
• Expanding Information, Education and Communication (IEC) services for (a) general population and (b) High-Risk Groups (HRGS) with a focus on behaviour change and demand generation
• Increasing access and promoting comprehensive Care, Support and Treatment (CST)
• Building capacities at National, State, District and facility levels
• Strengthening Strategic Information Management Systems
Background of the National AIDS Control Programme
The Union Government of India launched the first National AIDS Control Programme (NACP I) in the year 1992. The second phase of NACP was then initiated in the year 1998. Thereafter, from 2007-2012, the third phase of NACP began with the primary objective to halt and reverse the HIV epidemic In India. The fourth phase now aims to consolidate the gains of NACP III.
The Department of AIDS Control has been working closely with the Department of Health and Family Welfare towards integration of HIV/AIDS services into the larger health system, with the objective of optimal utilisation of existing NRHM/RCH resources for strengthening NACP services, and vice versa.