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.
IHAT has compiled this ‘15 Years of Journey of IHAT’ report for technical assistance in implementing TIs for HIV prevention. IHAT implemented a project for 15 years in Karnataka (since 2007) and seven years in Delhi (since 2014) to support the quality implementation of the national HIV program.
In India, the HIV epidemic is concentrated among key populations, such as the MSMs. Conventional targeted interventions mitigate HIV transmission by focusing on physical hotspots. As there is a shift within the MSM community to connect with sex partners online, novel approaches are needed to map virtual platforms where sexual networks are formed. This study estimates the number of MSM in Delhi using virtual platforms to connect for sex and to describe patterns of their use.
With the evolution of sex work patterns, newer physical places like Spas and Massage Parlours are emerging as new venues for sex work. The traditional peer-educator based Targeted Interventions reach out to the Key Population at geographical hotspots. However, these new venues are often unreached. DL TSU, in collaboration with DSACS, identified this implementation gap and supported DSACS to design this intervention to reach out and provide HIV services to the FSWs and MSMs who engage in sex work through Spas and Massage Parlours in Delhi.