The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in not only a health crisis, but has also spurred an economic and human crisis, globally. People infected with the virus face not just the disease but are also burdened with the cost of care, loss of income and employment. In addition, both those caring for patients and the infected face stigma and discrimination from their neighbours and others in the general community.
The Institute of Global Public Health (IGPH), University of Manitoba in collaboration with India Health Action Trust (IHAT) and Partners for Health and Development in Africa (PHDA), examined the impact of COVID-19 and designed program responses for Maternal, Newborn and Child Health interventions in India and HIV prevention, care, treatment and support interventions in Kenya.
The document aims to assist the respective States/Counties to learn from this experience. The document summarises the key interventions that were adapted and implemented in order to respond to the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic in Uttar Pradesh and Kenya.
This report shares a key evidence from a mapping & size estimation effort that reveals how a significant number of MSMs in the Delhi NCT are on multiple virtual platforms. It also highlights that not many of them have been contacted by conventional Targeted Interventions. This establishes the need & opportunity for a specially-designed virtual intervention to reach out to the MSM population with HIV prevention, treatment and care services.
IHAT, in collaboration with DSACS, conducted a ‘Virtual Mapping’ exercise to generate estimates of the population size of Men who have Sex with Men (MSMs) active on virtual platforms in Delhi. This process document provides a detailed methodology on estimating the size of MSMs active on virtual platforms. Virtual Mapping can become the foundation to develop a comprehensive HIV intervention encompassing the population on virtual platforms.