India extends national AIDS control programme

India extends national AIDS control programme

India’s National AIDS Control Programme-IV (NACP-IV) will continue beyond the 12th Five Year Plan for a period of three years from April 2017 to March 2020.

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs chaired by the prime minister has given its nod for the continuation of the programme. The total outlay will be Rs 6,434.76 crore.

The programme targets to get more than 99% of the population HIV free, ensuring that over 70 lakhs of the key population will be covered annually through a comprehensive HIV prevention programme.

Around 15 crore of the vulnerable population, including five crore pregnant women, will be tested for HIV in three years under the project.

Two 2.32 cr units of blood will be collected at NACO’s supported blood banks during the period. Two crores 82 lakh episodes of sexually transmitted infections will be managed and seventeen lakh of people living with HIV will be put on free anti-retroviral treatment by the end of the project period.

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