NACP-III (2007-2012) launched initiatives to mainstream HIV in policy and programs of non-health departments of the government and business and civil society sectors not traditionally concerned with HIV.
The Rajasthan mainstreaming project was initiated in late 2007 by the State Mainstreaming Unit of the Rajasthan AIDS Control Society and SAATHII, with support from NACO and UNDP. Mainstreaming strategies included sensitization of departmental and organization heads on the need to consider HIV issues in their domains of work, and advocacy towards pro-PLHIV policies and programs. Trainings to staff covered HIV basics, and mainstreaming strategies appropriate to their programs.
A total of 4,998 individuals from government departments, business, and civil society organizations were trained and motivated to include HIV in their activities.
Key pro-PLHIV policy changes of the government resulting from the mainstreaming included:
- Modified eligibility criteria for widow pension, benefiting 633 AIDS widows
- Eligibility of PLHIV for a health scheme to avail free medicines and laboratory tests
- Amendment of a child protection scheme to benefit HIV infected and affected children with nutrition, informal education and vocational training
A mid-term evaluation of 619 trainees showed high retention of knowledge on HIV and positive attitudes towards PLHIVHIV/AIDS was included in induction training curricula of five government departments. Business-sector and civil society initiatives have included establishment of a counseling and testing center, condom outlets, and two migrant information centers providing HIV referrals.