Scale up of PPTCT Services in Private Health Facilities of Maharashtra in Collaboration with MSACS/MDACS
National AIDS Control Organisation (NACO), in its program phase III, envisaged to set up, through a public private partnership (PPP) program, certified facility integrated counseling and testing centers (ICTCs) for HIV counseling and testing in health facilities run by the private sector/not for profit/non-governmental organizations. The aim is to provide access to quality HIV counseling and testing services to clients who access private/not for profit health care systems in both urban and rural areas of the country.
In this context the Public Private Partnership (PPP) model was initiated in January 2010 by SAATHII, in collaboration with Maharashtra State AIDS Control Society (MSACS) and Mumbai District AIDS Control Society (MDACS), to prevent HIV, including reduction of mother to child transmission of HIV, and reduce HIV, STI, and TB related morbidity in the private health sector in Maharashtra. The PPP model began extending comprehensive PPTCT services to pregnant women seeking antenatal care in the private sector in 14 districts of Maharashtra. The PPP sites provide HIV counseling and testing, referral of positive pregnant women to ART centers for Pre-ART registration, and testing for CD4 count, initiation on ART if found eligible, ARV prophylaxis for the mother and the exposed baby, institutional delivery, and linkages for early infant diagnosis.
Accomplishments as of March 2012:
- 170 PPP sites functional in 14 districts of Maharashtra
- 67000 ANC mothers counselled and tested for HIV
- 110 ANC mothers found positive and provided PPTCT services
- 13000 non ANC clients counselled and tested for HIV
- 255 positive clients identified and linked to ART centres
The PPP PPTCT Program in Maharashtra receives financial support from the Elizabeth Glaser Paediatric AIDS Foundation.