Plan India-NACO to increase access to health services for HIV-positive pregnant women

The target is to test 1.78 crore pregnant women for HIV, provide antiretroviral therapy to 14,500 HIV positive pregnant women and virological tests for 13,000 infants


New Delhi: Plan International India, a non-governmental organisation, in partnership with National AIDS Control Organisation (NACO) on Wednesday launched a project to reduce parent-to-child transmission of HIV in 218 districts in nine states.

The target is to test 1.78 crore pregnant women for HIV, provide antiretroviral therapy (ART) to 14,500 HIV positive pregnant women and virological tests for 13,000 infants.

Plan International India will carry out the project in Assam, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, and West Bengal.

“Our focus was high prevalence states where we put more services and interventions and we achieved good results, but there are other states that are lagging behind because they did not receive those interventions,” said R.S. Gupta, deputy director general, NACO, ministry of health and family welfare.