Page 4 of 7PATHWAY program complements and supports several national health programs, of which the following are noteworthy, and indirectly support HIV initiatives countrywide:
RCH–II (Reproductive and child health)
The Sure Start project in Pune, a maternal and newborn care project managed by PCI, which includes an HIV convergence component, will help foster increased service delivery in slums that overlap with those of PATHWAY/Pune by linking the identified at–risk mothers and newborns to the nearest Prevention of Parent to Child Transmission (PPTCT) centers. This activity complements the national programs of NACP–III and the RCH–II.
PAI (Paediatric AIDS Initiative)
All PATHWAY sites have strong linkages between the project and the GOI ART program, as well as the Clinton Foundation program, which provides ART access to children living with HIV (CLHA) at all sites. As a lead agency in the Clinton Foundation HIV/AIDS Initiative, PCI will ensure that all eligible PLWHA in its PATHWAY program are linked to ART services. As a result of the Clinton Foundation partnership, the institutional linkages established include: Sassoon Hospital at Pune, Government Hospital of Thoracic Medicine (GHTB), Tambaram, Government Hospital, Namakkal, Government Hospital, Salem, Medicines Sans Fronteiers (Doctors Without Borders), Chaurachandpur, J.L. Nehru Hospital and Regional Institute of Medical Sciences, Imphal, Civil Lines Hospital, Dimapur, and State AIDS Control Societies in all the five states.
RNTCP (Revised National Tuberculosis Program)
The PATHWAY project has redoubled its emphasis on TB–HIV co–infection at all the sites. The specific activities include: clinical screening of PLWHA and referral to the Revised National Tuberculosis Control Programme (RNTCP) centers for diagnosis, and coordination at all project sites with the DOTS program for TB/HIV co–infected patients, while actively promoting and encouraging all TB patients in the project areas to undergo counseling and testing for HIV.
National Consortium of TB Organizations. With experience with HIV/TB and its national base of operations, PCI helped form the National Consortium of TB Organizations during the last three months. The current members of the consortium include World Vision India (WV), Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA), Project Concern International (PCI), TB Alert, LEPRA Society, Damien Foundation India Trust (DFIT) and the German Leprosy and TB Relief Association (GLRA. The Consortium will promote successful models of TB control, including TB–HIV co–infection, implemented by its members in several locations countrywide, and develop a proposal for presentation to the Global Fund.
The report and performance indicators for this activity for Year Four will be (a) to report progress on these national level initiatives to GAP India on a quarterly basis and (b) to document in the Year Four annual report how involvement in these initiatives has both directly and indirectly improved performance of the PATHWAY program.
Association with National AIDS Research Institute
Project Concern International’s enrolled HIV clients and team were involved in researches administered by NARI. The blood samples collected by PCI from the clients have been tested for HIV by NARI. The researches on Discordant & Concordant couples, prevention strategies and implications on HIV / AIDS and ART related subjects involved PCI’s registered clients.