Initited in October 2017, Project Subhiksha is an initiative to increase HIV testing and linkages to care and support for prisoners and residents of closed settings (shelters, remand homes).
The project is being implemented in the states of Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Rajasthan, Odisha, Telangana, Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh West Bengal, Jharkhand, Telangana, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka.
The key activities of the project aim to:
(i) Provide information and education on HIV, sexually transmitted infections (STIs), viral hepatitis and tuberculosis (TB),
(ii) Ensure HIV screening in prisons and correctional settings, (iii) establishing and strengthening institutional mechanisms towards access to comprehensive treatment on HIV, TB and STI,
(iii) Establish referral mechanisms for diagnosis and treatment of viral hepatitis,
(iv) Link wives of positive inmates and all pregnant women inmates with services meant for prevention of parent to child transmission,
(v) Establish linkages on drug dependence treatment including Opioid Substitution Therapy (OST) for inmates living in prisons and other correctional settings.
As of October 2018, HIV, TB and STI services have been initiated in 124 prisons and 37 women’s homes. A total of 240 prisoners were diagnosed with HIV and among them, 211 prisoners have initiated treatment; total 82 prisoners were detected with sexually transmitted infections and 67 out of them have initiated the treatment; total 73 prisoners were diagnosed with Tuberculosis and 48 out of them have started treatment and 10787 inmates provided prevention and treatment information through BCC meetings.
Subhiksha is supported by the Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF, UK), and is the product of collaboration between SAATHII and India's National AIDS Control Organization (NACO).
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