Page 1 of 2Kripa AIDS (Vasai Regional AIDS Control Society)
AIDS Control Society (VRACS) is a Kripa – AIDS initiative commissioned in Vasai, in Thane district of Maharashtra. VRACS attempts to visualize Vasai as a controlled zone for HIV and co–infections. This model attempts to implement various public health projects for the control and care of the HIV epidemic through community empowerment. VRACS sees itself as a nationally replicable model in the private sector with a large community participating base, which supports this integrated Clinico–Community system.
Realizing the paucity of care and support services in this region Kripa Foundation started a Home Based Care on 15th October 2002, funded by Catholic Relief Services. The Home Based Care initiative provided the much needed service but was still inadequate to meet the demands of the population. With an area comprising 302 sq miles and a population of 6,00,000 (census 2004) it was practically impossible to holistically address the situation. The project site was also placed at a distance of 33 miles from Mumbai making the government medical interventions in Mumbai inaccessible to a large proportion of the population.
In order to meet these rising demands, a new project was started for care, support and targeted interventions funded by AVERT Society. This saw the birth of Vasai Region AIDS Control Society on 19th January, 2003, inaugurated by Dr. Jeffery Nadler, Professor of Medicine, University Of South Florida and Mr. Vaidyanathan, Project Director of AVERT Society. VRACS since then has had the technical support of the University of South Florida’s CHART–India (Centre for HIV–AIDS Research and Training in India) programme.
VRACS attempts to visualize Vasai as a controlled zone for HIV and co–infections. This model attempts to implement various public health projects for the control and care of the HIV epidemic by community empowerment. VRACS sees itself as a nationally replicable model in the private sector with a large community participating base, which supports this integrated Clinico–Community system.
Objectives of the project
- To create an integrated and Comprehensive Clinico–Community Program.
- To maintain this system by community empowerment and participation.
- To diagnose HIV positives by a properly Counseled and Confidential system.
- To create a continuous awareness program for clinicians and the community which is run by both clinicians and the community.
- To create a Clinical Care Center, initially for children and then for adults, for treating and caring for patients with HIV and co–infections. This will provide coordinated care and specialized care if needed.
- To create a surveillance system to monitors the changing trends in the epidemic and act as a national indicator for the disease.
- To include research into every project it undertakes either on the social or clinical front.