602 Special Newborn Care Units (SNCUs) operational in the country



602 Special Newborn Care Units (SNCUs) operational in the country 


Infant Mortality Rate in the country has shown steady decline from 47 per 1000live births in 2010 to 40 per 1000 live births in 2013.


        Currently, there are 602 Special Newborn Care Units (SNCU), 2228 New Born Stabilization Units (NBSU) and 16968 Newborn Care Corners (NBCC) established across the country. SNCU is a 12-20 bedded unit and NBSU is 4 bedded unit for care of sick newborn. NBCC is an earmarked area at delivery points equipped with radiant warmer and resuscitation kit to provide essential newborn care.

Details of the new units are as under:

S.No
Year
SNCU
NBSU
NBCC
1
Existing in 2013-14
525
1761
14099
2
Added in 14-15
40
143
64
3
Added in 2015  till date
37
324
2805
           
Under the National Health Mission, states submit their annual plans and funds from GOI are provided for establishing new units, renovations and expansion of existing units and once established the operational costs for these units. The support is also extended for recruiting human resources of all cadres and capacity building of medical officers and staff nurses. The procurement and maintenance support for equipment is also included in the annual budgets. Kangaroo Mother Care Units for care of small babies are being established in the country at the district level with the support from GOI.

Promoting Institutional delivery through Janani Suraksha Yojna (JSY) cash  incentive scheme for pregnant mothers and Janani Shishu Suraksha Karyakaram (JSSK) which entitles all pregnant women and sick infant  to absolutely free and no expense treatment at the public health facilities.

Facility Based Newborn Care (FBNC) training is being imparted to the specialist, medical officers and nurses working in the Special Newborn Care Units (SNCUs) established at the district and sub district level to provide comprehensive care to the sick and preterm babies. FBNC training package is of 4 day classroom training followed by 14 day observer ship for hands on training at designated centres.           

Navjat Shishu Suraksha Karyakaram (NSSK) is the training programme for doctors, nurses and ANMs to build their capacity to provide essential newborn care to all newborns.

The Minister for Health & Family Welfare, Shri J P Nadda stated this in a written reply in the Lok Sabha here today.

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Out-Patient Service for Dengue Patients in CGHS Centre 
Government had initiated various steps to deal with the situation arising out of spread of Dengue and its complication.

As one of the initiative in this regard, directives were issued that all doctors at various CGHS Wellness Centres in Delhi and NCR shall provide consultation services and primary out-patient medical care to all citizens – whether CGHS beneficiaries or not, who may visit the wellness centres with symptoms of Dengue, primarily high fever.

The Minister for Health & Family Welfare, Shri J P Nadda stated this in a written reply in the Lok Sabha here today. 
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National De-Worming Programme 

Government of India had launched National Deworming Day on 10 February,2015 in 11 States/UT of India, namely Assam, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Dadra & Nagar Haveli, Haryana, Karnataka, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Tripura.
A total of 8.98 crore children between ages of 1 – 19 years received deworming tablet (Albendazole) through the platform of schools and anganwadi centres with 85 percent coverage.

A total of Rs 38.37 crore and Rs 49.29 crore were allocated to States and UTs for procurement of Albendazole tablets for FY 2014-15 and 2015-16 respectively. The State/UT wise details are given below:

(Rs in Lakh)
S.No.
States/UTs
2014-15
2015-16
1
1.13
1.13
2
Andhra Pradesh
150
187.31
3
Arunachal Pradesh
52.63
4.56
4
151
276.2
5
Bihar
540.76
1230.45
6
0
0
7
Chattisgarh
140.4
55.63
8
4.77
0
9
0.64
0.9
10
32.25
0
11
Goa
10.15
14.12
12
166.23
350.36
13
113.38
78.97
14
Himachal Pradesh
9.48
44.03
15
Jammu Kashmir
51.81
0
16
Jharkhand
207.43
295.72
17
287.98
215.3
18
Kerala
210.88
30
19
0.68
0.74
20
Madhya Pradesh
262.97
70.76
21
Maharashtra
92.27
433.85
22
19.68
0
23
22.65
7.34
24
25.94
6.21
25
9
1.33
26
Odisha
139.8
0
27
6.83
6.83
28
27.28
47.85
29
Rajasthan
77.03
298.26
30
Sikkim
5.15
4.85
31
107.04
0
32
Telangana
NA
85.37
33
25.56
25.78
34
Uttar Pradesh
748.42
851.19
35
Uttarakhand
38.24
62.67
36
97.6
241.67
TOTAL
3837.06
4929.38

The expected goal is to maintain coverage of more than 75% of school children with Albendazole, till Soil Transmitted Helminths (STH) ceases to become public health problem.
The de-worming program is accompanied by awareness generation activities, like Information, Education and Communication (IEC) strategies focusing on sanitation, hygiene and use of clean drinking water etc., besides administration of deworming drug.
The Minister for Health & Family Welfare, Shri J P Nadda stated this in a written reply in the Lok Sabha here today.

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Declining Trend of HIV/AIDS 
Under the National AIDS Control Programme (NACP), a declining trend of new HIV infection has been reported. The State/UT wise number of people detected positive for HIV/AIDS at Integrated Counseling and Testing Center (ICTC) of the last three years and the current year is given below:
State/UT wise number of people detected positive for HIV/AIDS at Integrated Counseling and Testing Center (ICTC) of the last three years and the current year
Sl.No.
State/UT
2014-15
2015-16 (Till Sept.’15)
1
Andaman & Nicobar Islands
21
11
2
Andhra Pradesh & Telangana
47,618
19191
3
Arunachal Pradesh
28
5
4
Assam
1,304
730
5
Bihar
11,388
4646
6
Chandigarh
863
440
7
Chhatisgarh
3,047
1341
8
Dadra & Nagar Haveli
114
52
9
Daman & Diu
95
23
10
Delhi
7,035
2350
11
Goa
445
151
12
Gujarat
11,068
5327
13
Haryana
3,359
1067
14
Himachal Pradesh
575
231
15
Jammu & Kashmir
311
196
16
Jharkhand
2,502
1082
17
Karnataka
27,804
7885
18
Kerala (Incl.Lakshadweep)
1,717
610
19
Madhya Pradesh
5,262
2214
20
Maharashtra
39,111
17135
21
Manipur
1,518
519
22
Meghalaya
545
221
23
Mizoram
1,269
657
24
Nagaland
1,834
906
25
Odisha
3,317
1617
26
Pondicherry
593
296
27
Punjab
5,333
2677
28
Rajasthan
8,052
3817
29
Sikkim
34
14
30
Tamil Nadu
15,246
7180
31
Tripura
264
167
32
Uttar Pradesh
14,035
7438
33
Uttaranchal
845
198
34
West Bengal
7,171
2942
Total
223,723
93,336


The following major factors/reasons have been identified with respect to HIV/AIDS transmission:
·        Unprotected sexual intercourse including Men who have sex with Men (95%).
·        HIV infected pregnant women to her foetus or infant before, during or after birth (3%).
·        Use of improperly sterilized needles and syringes that have been in contact with infected blood can transmit HIV (0.9%).
·        Transfusion of infected blood, blood products & transplantation of HIV infected organs or tissues (0.1%).
·        Non-specified factors (1%).

It may be noted that under NACP, only linkages are provided, wherever possible, to the social protection schemes of various Departments in the States. The financial assistance to the dependent of people who died due to HIV/AIDS is provided as Widow Pension in most states. However in the states of Bihar, Andhra Pradesh, Telengana, Kerala, Jharkhand, Tamilnadu, Kerala and Rajasthan widow of PLHIV is given priority.
Apart from this, Jharkhand is providing one time financial assistance to the deceased family.
Delhi is also providing financial assistance to double orphan (whose parents died due to HIV/AIDS) infected & affected with HIV/AIDS.  
As of November, 2015, a total number of beneficiaries granted under Widow Pension Scheme for PLHIV is 27,474 .
The State wise details of financial assistance under Widow Pension Scheme are given below:

Sl.No
State
Financial Assistance (in Rs) per month
1
Andhra Pradesh
1000
2
Bihar
300
3
Jharkhand
600
4
Kerala
1000
5
Rajasthan
500
6
Telangana
1000
7
Tamil Nadu
1000

In Jharkhand, Family benefit (Parivarik Labh) is provided as one time financial benefit of Rs. 10,000 after death of PLHIV.  It takes 5 to 6 month to complete the process and direct cash transfer is made to beneficiaries/ family bank account (till date 5 families have received such benefit under Parivarik Labh Scheme in Jharkhand).
In Delhi, as on date total number of beneficiaries granted benefits of financial assistance to double orphan (whose parents died due to HIV/AIDS) infected & affected with HIV/AIDS are 17 HIV infected (Rs.2050/- per month) and 22 HIV affected (Rs.1750/- per month). For this purpose death certificate of both parents and their treatment book is taken as proof.
The present status of implementation of various programmes to prevent and control HIV/AIDS along with the performance is given below:
Status of Implementation of programme Interventions under National AIDS Control Programme

 I.      Targeted Intervention: Targeted Intervention programme is one of the important prevention strategies under the National AIDS Control Programme. Targeted Interventions (TIs) comprise preventive interventions working with focused client populations in a defined geographic area where there is a concentration of one or more High Risk Groups (HRGs). 80% of HRGs are expected to be covered via TIs with primary prevention services like treatment for Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI), Condoms, needles/syringes, Opioid Substitution Therapy (OST), Behavioral Change Communication (BCC), enabling environment, with community involvement and linkages with Care and Support services. The key risk groups covered through Targeted Intervention (TI) programme include: Core High Risk Groups (HRGs)-Female Sex Workers (FSW), Men who have Sex with Men (MSM) including Transgenders (TGs), Injecting Drug Users (IDU) and Bridge Populations- Migrants and Truckers. During 2014-15, 66 TIs were established against the annual target of 220 and during 2015-16 (till October 2015), 15 TIs are established against the annual target of 35 taking the cumulative no. of total TI to 1775 TIs that provide HIV prevention services to Female Sex Workers (492 TI), Men who have Sex with Men (149 TI), Injecting Drug Users (266 TI), Transgender (38 TI), Core Composite (Comprises of more than one typology Intervention under one TI) (441 TI) migrants (298 TI) & truckers (91 TI).

II.      Link Worker Scheme: This community-based intervention addresses HIV prevention and care needs of the high risk and vulnerable groups in rural areas by providing information on HIV, condom promotion and distribution and referrals to counseling, testing and STI services through Link workers. During 2014-15, in partnership with various development partners, the Link worker scheme was operational in 137 districts covering and during 2015-16, till October 2015, LWS is operational in 130 districts of India.

III.      Management of Sexually Transmitted infections (STI)/Reproductive Tract Infection (RTI) prevention and control Programme: The STI/RTI Prevention and Control Programme aims for providing effective control of sexually transmitted infections including Reproductive Tract Infections for General Population through continued support to the designated STI/RTI clinics (Surakasha Clinics) in public sector and for High Risk population through Targeted Interventions (TI) programme. The program also reaches employees of organized sectors under public undertakings (Railways, Employees State Insurance Corporation, Port Trust, Defense and Professional Associations), and Private sector by developing partnerships.
The programme supports about 1,164 Suraksha Clinics located at district hospitals, medical colleges and select sub-district hospitals. The Programme supports training and capacity building of the staff (doctors, staff nurses, laboratory technicians and counselors), provision of a counselors, free colour coded standardized STI/RTI drug kits and by all these aims to standardize STI/RTI treatment to the patients. In coordination with the TI NGOs, STI/RTI treatment, care and prevention services are delivered for high risk groups such as sex workers, Men who have Sex with Men, migrant population such as truckers and People who inject drugs.
During 2014-15, against the physical target of treating 70 lakh episodes of STI/RTI, 75.46 lakh episodes of STI/RTI were treated. The coverage of Sexually Transmitted Infections services has been scaled up through designated STI clinics and 48.81 Lakh STI/RTI patients were treated as per the national protocol against the target of 56 lakh during FY 2015-16 (till October 2015). 

IV.      Condom Promotion: The National AIDS Control Organisation (NACO) has successfully implemented seven phases of the Condom Social Marketing Programme in 28 States/UTs. During 2014-15, around 60.8 crore pieces of condom have been distributed through social marketing by the NACO contracted social marketing organizations against the target of 44 crore pieces and in 2015-16 (till October 2015), 2.8 crore pieces distributed against the target of 35.2 crore pieces.  During 2014-15, against the target of 37 crore, 28.7 crore pieces of condoms were distributed free and during 2015-16 (till October 2015), 8.79 crore pieces were distributed free against the annual target of 29.6 crore pieces.

V.            Blood Transfusion Services: Blood is an intrinsic requirement for health care and proper functioning of the healthsystem. The NACO has been primarily responsible for facilitating provision of safe blood for the country.  The NACO endeavors to meet the blood needs of the country through voluntary non-remunerated donation through a well-coordinated Blood Banking Programme. NACP continues to implement a scheme for modernization of blood banks by providing need based equipment grant for testing and storage, as well as annual recurrent grant for support of manpower, kits and consumables.
The blood transfusion services supported by the NACO comprise a network of 1,161 blood banks, including 34 Model Blood Banks, 304 Blood Component Separation Units, 210 Major Blood banks and 613 District level Blood Banks were covered under the NACO support.
During 2015-16 (till October 2015) against the target of 48 lakh blood collection at the NACO supported blood bank, 33.53 lakh blood units were collected across the country, 78% of this was through voluntary blood donation. World Blood Donor Day was observed through a National event on 14th June 2015 to felicitate blood donors for their valuable contribution. Mobile blood bank locator app and database of blood banks was launched on the National Health Portal.

VI.      Basic Services: The Basic services include free Counseling and Testing for HIV infection. It has three main components viz: (i). Integrated Counseling and Testing Centres (ICTCs), (ii). Prevention of Parent to Child Transmission (PPTCT), and (iii). HIV-TB collaborative activities.

i.        Integrated Counselling and Testing Centres: An Integrated Counseling and Testing Centre (ICTC) is a place where free counseling and testing for HIV is offered to a person on his own free will or as advised by a medical provider. The population availing these services is mainly persons engaged in the high risk behavior, STI patients, TB patients and are more prone to acquire the HIV infection. In India, ICTCs are often the first interface of citizens with the entire gamut of preventive, care, support and treatment services provided under the umbrella of the National HIV/AIDS Control Programme. HIV counseling and testing services were started in India in 1997.

With the increase in number of ICTCs, the uptake of clients who are counseled and tested in these centers has seen a commendable scale up in the past seven years with 27 lakh general clients (excluding Pregnant Women) accessing these services in 2007-08 to 150.9 lakhs (increase of about fivefold) clients in 2014-15. The strategy over the past seven years for scaling up of service delivery has been through establishing more and more Facility - Integrated Model ICTCs (through the existing general health system) and Public Private Partnership (PPP) Model ICTCs (through greater involvement of private sector providing health services). Free counseling and testing services are being provided through 5,353 Stand Alone ICTCs, 10,777 Facility– ICTCs and 2,395 PPP – ICTCs. During the FY 2014-15, 150.9 lakh general clients have been provided with free counseling and testing services for HIV and 82.1 lakhs general clients during 2015-16 (till November 2015).

ii.       Prevention of Parent to Child Transmission (PPTCT): The prevention of parent to child transmission (PPTCT) of HIV transmission under NACP involves free counseling and testing of pregnant women, detection of HIV positive pregnant women, and the administration of prophylactic ARV drugs to HIV positive pregnant women and their infants to prevent the mother to child transmission of HIV. The NACO has decided to provide ARV drugs to Pregnant Women infected with HIV, irrespective of CD4 count nationwide, w.e.f January, 2014. During 2014-15, 117.6 lakh Pregnant Women have been provided with free counseling and testing for HIV. Also 97% of HIV positive Pregnant Women and their babies received ARV prophylaxis (Option B+) for Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission and during 2015-16 (till October), 64.9 lakh pregnant Women have been provided with free counseling and testing for HIV with 97.2% received HIV positive Pregnant Women and their babies received ARV prophylaxis for Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission of HIV.

      iii.         HIV-TB collaborative activities:  TB disease is the commonest opportunistic infection among HIV-infected individuals. Further it is also known that TB being a major public health problem in India accounts for 20-25% of deaths among PLHIV. It is known that nationally about 5% TB patients registered under the Revised National Tuberculosis Control Programme (RNTCP) also have HIV infection.
Broadly the national HIV/TB response includes Intensified TB case finding at HIV Care Settings, Intensified TB-HIV Package, and Strategy for TB prevention among PLHIV.
These activities are closely guided through duly constituted National HIV-TB Coordination Committee, Nation Technical Working Group and State and District level Coordination Committees.  During 2014-15, 16.83 lakh cross referrals have been made between ICTC & RNTCP and 11.4 lakh cross referrals have been made between ICTC & RNTCP during 2015-16 (till October 2015).
Innovative intensified TB case findings and appropriate treatment (3 I project)  at 30 high burden Antiretroviral therapy (ART) centres in 5 States (Andhra Pradesh, Telengana, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu & Karnataka) in India has been initiated. Daily regimens service for HIV/TB co-infected patients has also been started under the NACO-CTD-WHO 3I project. Fixed Drug Combinations (FDC) with innovative mechanism of giving a missed call to hidden number to monitor the adherence has been initiated in 5 states.
Cartridge Based Nucleic Acid Anticipation Test (CBNAAT) service for early diagnosis of TB is used at 30 high burden ART centers in 5 States. It gives results for diagnosis of TB and Rifampicin resistant TB within 90 minutes which is benefited for making early diagnosis of TB among PLHIVs.

VII.   Care, Support & Treatment Programme: The Care, Support and Treatment programme under NACP includes comprehensive management of PLHIV with respect to treatment and prevention of Opportunistic infections, Anti-retroviral therapy (ART), Psycho-Social support, Home Based Care, positive prevention and impact mitigation.
The ART is offered free of cost to all PLHIV who are eligible clinically. Any person who has a confirmed HIV infection is subjected to further evaluation for determining whether he requires ART or not by undergoing CD4 count and other baseline investigations. All those PLHIV eligible as per technical guidelines are initiated on first line ART. This includes all PLHIV with clinical stage III & IV irrespective of CD4 count, clinical stage I & II with CD4 count <350 500="" announced="" be="" cd4="" count="" increased="" limit="" lready="" span="" threshold="" to="">

ART Centre has been scaled up significantly to 519 ART centres till October 2015. In addition 1094 link ART centres have also been set up to facilitate the delivery of ART nearer to residence of PLHIV. Against the establishment of 55 new ART Centers in 2015-16, 44 new ART centres has been established and 9.07 lakh People living with HIV/AIDS are receiving free ART in government health facilities up to October 2015. In addition to this 350 Care and Support Centres (CSC) are functional to provide a range of psychosocial services to PLHIV.

VIII. Laboratory Services: Under NACP, routine access to quality assured HIV related laboratory services is made universal available. All testing laboratories are assessed for their performance under the External Quality Assurance Scheme (EQAS). 11 National Reference Laboratories and 47 State Reference Laboratories (SRLs) under NACP have been accredited for HIV testing by the National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration of Laboratories. 5 SRLs have applied for accreditation. Laboratory services for CD4 Testing, Viral Load (VL) testing, Early Infant Diagnosis (EID) of HIV in infants and children up to 18 months age and confirmatory diagnosis of HIV-2 are provided through under Lab services

IX.   Information Education & Communication: The NACO’s communication strategy has moved from creating general awareness to Behaviour Change Communication. It aims to motivate behavioural change among most at risk populations, raise awareness and risk perception among general population, particularly youth and women, generate demand for HIV/AIDS related health services like condoms, ICTC/PPTCT facilities; and create an enabling environment that encourages HIV related prevention, care and support activities and to reduce stigma and discrimination at individual, community and institutional levels. The NACO implements integrated and comprehensive campaigns using 360° communication approach. Regular campaigns are conducted at national and state level using mass media, mid-media, outdoor, interpersonal communication, and innovative media vehicles like digital cinema, panels in metro trains, digital screens, internet, and mobile phones among others.
During 2014-15, the target of 8 Campaigns released on Mass Media-TV/Radio, 3 have been achieved and against the annual target of 6 media campaigns, 2 have been achieved during 2015-16 (till October 2015). Against the target of 550 new Red Ribbon Clubs (RRC) formed in colleges in during 2014-15, 550 has been achieved and during 2015-16 (till October 2015), against the target of 440, 32 new RRC has been formed. National Toll free AIDS helpline 1097 was launched on World AIDS day, 2014. Till October 2015, more than 6 lakh Calls have been received from different parts of the country.

X.      Mainstreaming and Social Protection
The NACO, with an objective to formalize its partnership with the various departments/ ministries, entered into Memoranda of Understanding with the following 14 Departments/Ministries till August 2015, presented in Table 1 below. These partnerships aimed at risk reduction, improved access to service and social protection for PLHIV and High risk Groups.

Table 1: Memorandum of Understanding with Ministries & Departments
S.No
Name of  Department/ Ministry
Date of Signing
(Till October 2015)
1.       
Department of Rural Development
June 10, 2015
2.       
Department of Commerce
June 8, 2015
3.       
Department of Empowerment of Persons living with Disabilities
January 27, 2015
4.       
Department of Electronics & Information Technology (DIETY)
July 23,2014
5.       
Department of Telecommunications (DOT) 
July 23,2014  
6.       
Ministry of Road Transport & highways
June 09, 2014
7.       
Ministry of Defense
February 18, 2014
8.       
Ministry of Shipping signed
February 14,2013
9.       
Ministry of Housing & Urban Poverty Alleviation
December 11, 2013 
10.  
Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas
December 5,2013 
11.  
Department of Sports, Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports
November 29,2013 
12.  
Department of Youth Affairs, Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports
November 29,2013
13.  
Ministry of Coal
September 09, 2013 
14.  
Department of Higher Education, Ministry of Human resource development
August 6,2013 

The NACO recognizes the fact the reduction of vulnerability is a key to the success of its prevention, care, support and treatment programme. Hence, it has placed social protection as one of its core strategies in NACP-IV. NACO works closely with other government departments to identify and advocate for amendment/adaptation of policies and schemes for social protection of marginalized groups. India and its States/Union Territories have taken significant steps taking into consideration the special vulnerabilities faced by people affected by HIV and AIDS. Under mainstreaming training around 80,000 personnel till September 2015 from various departments at State, District level were trained. Apart from this training of the DAPCU led Single Window model for Social Protection of PLHIV, CLHIV and MARPS were organized for the officials of 180 DAPCU.
XI.      Procurement: Procurements are done using Pool Fund, Global Fund for AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM) and Domestic Funds, through the Procurement Agent. All the main items required for the programme, including test kits {HIV (Rapid), HIV (ELISA), HBs  Ag (Rapid), HBs Ag (ELISA), HCV (Rapid), HCV (ELISA)} and other items such as ARV Drugs,  STI Drug kits, blood bags etc, are centrally procured and supplied to peripheral units and State AIDS Control Societies (SACS). To ensure transparency in the procurement of goods Bid Documents, Minutes of pre-bid meetings and Bid Opening Minutes are uploaded on the websites of Procurement Agent and the NACO(www.naco.gov.in). Efforts made to streamline the Supply Chain Management of various supplies to consuming units include provision of training to the Procurement Officials of SACS. Further a web based online Inventory Management System (IMS) has been developed by the NACO with the support of Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI) to strengthen the Supply Chain Management for better tracking, monitoring and controlling of the Inventory. This has been rolled out across India.
XII.      Strategic Information Management: The programme generates rich data on service delivery through around 23,000 reporting units across the country. The Strategic Information Management System (SIMS), a web-based system for data management and analysis of all programme data has been rolled out across the country. Programme data is gathered through this online system.
India has a robust system of annual HIV Sentinel Surveillance (HSS) for monitoring the HIV epidemic in the country among general population as well as High Risk Groups.  Besides epidemic trend analysis, data from surveillance are also used for strategic planning and prioritization under the programme as well as estimation of adult HIV prevalence, HIV incidence and mortality. Globally accepted models are used to estimate and project the HIV burden in the country. HSS 2014-15 was conducted at 776 Antenatal Clinic (ANC) surveillance Sites, covering 574 districts across 35 States and UTs. NACO is currently implementing National Integrated Biological & Behavioural Surveillance (IBBS) among high risk groups and bridge population. IBBS report has been reviewed by Technical Resource Group.
The National Data Analysis Plan is a first-of-its-kind activity in a public health programme, whereby retrospective data has been systematically analysed with the engagement of analysts and mentors from ICMR institutions, Medical Colleges, development partners, NACO and SACS to address programmatic queries of the National AIDS Control Programme.
In order to address the programme needs with respect to evidence and research and make best use of the available data, a structured research plan has also been developed for identifying research priorities and commissioning research studies. A detailed exercise to assess existing information gaps in the programme has been conducted involving programme managers at NACO, state level and development partners, and research areas prioritised.
A summary of key achievements made under NACP during the last two financial years (2015-16) presented in Table 2 below.

  Table 2: National AIDS Control Programme Performance on key indicators

S. No
Indicator
2015-16
Target
Achievement
(Till October 2015)
1
New Targeted Interventions established
35
15*
2
STI/RTI  patients managed as per national protocol
56 lakh
48.81 lakh
3
Blood collection in NACO supported blood bank
48 lakh
33.53 lakh
4
Proportion of blood units collected by Voluntary blood donation in NACO Supported Blood Banks
75%
78%
5
Districts covered under Link Worker Scheme (Cumulative)
163
130*
6
Clients tested for HIV (General clients)
94 lakh
82.1 lakhs
7
Pregnant Women tested for HIV
94 lakh
64.9 lakhs
8
Proportion of HIV+ pregnant Women and Babies who are initiated on Multidrug Antiretroviral regimen
85%
97.2%#
9
HIV-TB Cross Referrals
10 lakh
11.4 lakh

10
New ART Centers established
55
44
11
PLHIV on ART (Cumulative)
9.41
9.07 lakh
12
Opportunistic Infections  treated
3 lakh
2.85 lakh

13
Campaigns released on Mass Media - TV/Radio
6
2
14
New Red Ribbon Clubs formed in Colleges
440
32
15
Persons trained under Mainstreaming training programmes
2.6 lakh
1.07 lakhs
16
Social Marketing of  condoms by NACO contracted  Social Marketing Organizations
35.2 crore
Pieces
2.8 crore
Pieces
17
Free Distribution of Condoms
29.6 crore
Pieces
8.79 crore
Pieces
*till November 2015; #till September 2015
The steps taken to fine tune the Programme performance include regular review meetings, field visits and feedback provided to State AIDS Control Societies etc.
The Minister of State for Health & Family Welfare, Shri Shripad Yesso Naik stated this in a written reply in the Lok Sabha here today.

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