Setting up of Coalition of NGOs and CVCTCs

Supported By

EU-HIVOS

A strategic arrangement during 2006 was the formation of a national level coalition – Sarvojana – with like-minded NGOs and CBOs to set up community managed VCTCs in their respective geographical areas. In keeping with NACP III plans, the coalition runs seven Community Voluntary Counseling & Testing Centers (CVCTC) to directly address stigma and discrimination of communities affected by HIV& AIDS; encourage early diagnosis;, and bridge needs with available services in the public and the private sector. The project was designed with an overall objective to reduce poverty and improve quality of life of poor and traditionally marginalized communities disproportionately affected by or vulnerable to HIV & AIDS; and empower civil society organizations to check the spread of HIV and reduce the impact of AIDS in the highest prevalence states of Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, and Karnataka and the contiguous state of Kerala.