Prevention of HIV from Parent to Child Transmission Programme [PPTCT]- Tiruchirapalli
PDI has been implementing this programme in all the fourteen blocks of Tiruchirapalli district since April 2005 with the assistance of Tamilnadu State AIDS Control Society [TNSACS]. From June 2010 onwards, it is being supported by Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services [IL&FS], & Education Technology Services Limited, Chennai, under GFATM.
This programme is being supported by IL & FS Education The staff team consists of 14 outreach workers and one Project Coordinator. One outreach worker is responsible for one block and the Project Coordinator will monitor the activities. This programme is being implemented in fourteen blocks of Tiruchirapalli and the project team does the outreach work to generate demand for the ICTCs located across the district.
They meet the ante natal mothers and motivate them to test their HIV status along with their spouses. Once the mother is found positive, the women and the child will be given drugs to prevent the transmission of HIV from the parents to children. Besides, the people suffering with the tuberculosis are being referred to the Tuberculosis centers for further treatment. The People Living with HIV including the ante natal mothers, post natal mothers and their spouses are being encouraged to attend the support group meetings organised by the project at the village level. The project takes efforts to get the social benefits to the PLHIVs from Government Departments and from other sources. The advocacy meetings with ANMs, VHNs, and Anganwadi Workers are being regularly organised to mobilize the pregnant women to access the services.