Project Ahana

India has the third highest number of HIV infections in the world with 2.1 million people estimated to be living with HIV. This is nearly 6% of the current global HIV population. HIV treatment coverage in India is only at 36% with 51% of AIDS-related deaths in Asia-Pacific happening in India. In certain states, nearly 90% of newly diagnosed persons infected with HIV were wives of migrant husbands. In an effort to ending HIV in India, the Government's National AIDS Control Organisation (NACO) has established interventions for the Prevention of Parent to Child Transmission (PPTCT).

Plan India, in partnership with NACO aims to make a significant impact in the global fight against HIV and AIDS by accelerating the uptake of PPTCT services amongst women and children in the most marginalised communities of India.

The 27 month long programme will be implemented in 9 states - Assam, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal and will cover 218 districts where 52% of all pregnancies occur in India.

Our Commitment

Through this programme, Plan India is committed to directly benefiting pregnant mothers in the most marginalised communities of India by increasing the uptake of PPTCT services.

This programme will:

  • Help build skills amongst peripheral health workers under the general health system in PPTCT services for increasing the uptake in a sensitive manner
  • Conduct outreach and follow up of HIV positive women and HIV exposed infants

Main Objectives

The main objectives of the programme, starting from October 2015 to December 2017, are to:

  • Facilitate HIV testing for at least 70% of all pregnant women in the identified 218 districts
  • Provide access to comprehensive PPTCT services to at least 90% of the pregnant women who are tested positive for HIV infections during Antenatal Care (ANC)
  • Provide access to early infant diagnostics to at least 90% of HIV exposed infants
  • The programme aims to test 1.78 crore pregnant women for HIV and follow up with those who are HIV positive through interventions designed to accelerate the uptake of PPTCT services.

Key Features

  • Identifying and connecting affected mothers to Government ICT (Integrated Care and Treatment) services
  • Increasing the uptake of PPTCT services in pregnant mothers from 30% to 70% within 27 months in 218 districts

Key Achievements

  • 2.6 million pregnant women have received HIV testing, with 1,090 found to be HIV+ and linked to Antiretroviral Therapy (ART)
  • Till June 2016, 215 District Resource Teams (DRTs) have been formed and almost 9,000 health professionals trained
  • More than 450 babies have been linked to Early Infant Diagnosis (EID) test and followed up for routine immunisation and other prophylactic treatment services
  • All partner staff have received training on monitoring and evaluation management and techniques
  • Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) rolled out in March 2016