The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs on 23 May 2013 approved the proposal of Department of AIDS Control, Ministry of Health & Family Welfare for the implementation of National AIDS Control Support Project (NACSP) under the National AIDS Control Programme (NACP). The amount for this would be 2550 crore Rupees. The Government of India as well as the World Bank will finance the NACP in equal proportions.
The benefits of project
• Strengthening Behaviour Change Communication (BCC) and demand generation
• Intensifying and consolidating prevention services with a focus on highly vulnerable populations, high risk groups and bridge population
• Institutional strengthening and financial management
• The project would also help in controlling the spread of HIV infection in India
Objective of the project
• The main objective of the project is increasing the safe behaviour among high risk groups groups in pursuance of the national goal of accelerated reversal of the HIV epidemic by 2017.
• The focus of the activities of this project would be on strengthening as well as scaling up prevention interventions and related BCC strategies for sub-groups of population identified to be most-at-risk by the NACP. These vulnerable groups include Injecting Drug Users (IDU), Transgender (TG), Female Sex Workers (FSW) and Men who have sex with Men (MSM).
• The aim of the project is also to support the planned expansion and consolidation of tailored interventions for other at-risk populations which include migrant workers and truckers.
• The BCC strategies which are developed under this project will emphasis on demand generation for prevention services among high risk groups and vulnerable populations. This will have special focus on the youth.
About National AIDS Control Programme (NACP)
• National AIDS Control Programme (NACP) in its third phase (2007-2012) saw remarkable success in controlling spread of HIV. As a result, India is on its track to meet the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) for HIV prevention and control.
• Over past 10 years, there has been reduction of 57 percent in the new HIV infections and 29 percent reduction in AIDS-related deaths.