Plan India is implementing Vihaan Project in 13 districts (Saran, Patna, Muzaffarpur, Madhubani, Motihari, Katihar, Gaya, Darbhanga, Bhagalpur, Begusarai, Sitamarhi, Hazipur (13 Community Sanitary Complexes (CSCs)) and Lakhisarai (1 Help Desk district). Vihaan, which means 'Dawn's First Light' in Sanskrit, works towards scaling up care, support and treatment (CST) services for People Living with HIV (PLHIV). Beginning on 1st April 2013 and lasting until 31st March 2016, it will complement NACP IV plans to put in place a quality system that will complement HIV prevention and treatment programmes already in place.
The overall goal of the programme is to improve the survival and quality of life of PLHIVs. The specific objectives that the programme will support include:
- Early linkages of PLHIV to care, support and treatment services.
- Improved treatment adherence and education for PLHIV.
- Expanded positive prevention activities.
- Improved social protection and wellbeing of PLHIV.
- Strengthened community systems and reduced stigma and discrimination.
- PLHIVs are being registered at CSCs for receiving care and support services. Identification and registration of PLHIVs is an ongoing progress. More than 5,544 PLHIVs have been identified and registered into their respective CSCs.
- As a follow up on linkages with schemes one of the major achievements of Vihaan has been in being instrumental in coming up of the 'New Parvarish Scheme' for Bihar in which five new points were added specifically to provide monetary support to PHLIV with Rs 900 per month. Other schemes for linkage include MNREGA.
- As a response to the objective of reduction of stigma and discrimination a Discrimination Response Team (DRT) has been established in all the fourteen districts where CSCs are functional. Efforts are on to resolves cases of discrimination of PLHIV by the DRT.
- Major advocacy efforts have led to sensitisation of stake holders including government officials, media, educationists at the state level and PRI's at the block level.