Dr Saroj Pachauri
In your opinion, what role can knowledge management systems like the IndiaHIV portal play in India’s National AIDS Control Programme or the world? How do they inform policy and action towards a sustained response?
Knowledge management systems are of critical importance for continually providing new information to multiple stakeholders engaged in developing national programmes. The availability of new surveillance data and research findings through the IndiaHIV portal would serve to inform policy, and would be a tremendous asset for national programming.
How important is it to disseminate programmatic learnings globally to countries with similar HIV epidemic settings?
India’s National AIDS Control Programme provides a wealth of information that has relevance for countries with similar HIV epidemics. In addition, there are a number of surveys, research studies and NGO programme experiences that yield important learnings. The publication of these findings would add significantly to the global body of literature. Their dissemination through the IndiaHIV portal would be useful for designing and implementing relevant policies and programmes in countries with similar HIV epidemics.
What do you recommend as a key programmatic shift for the National AIDS Control Organisation when the recent statistics suggest a decline in HIV incidence in India by more than 50%?
As a result of a number of important strategic programmatic interventions, the number of annual new infections in India has declined by more than 50% during the last decade. The National AIDS Control Organisation must now ensure that programme efforts are sustained in order to contain the epidemic. Programme activities should be prioritised to target vulnerable, at-risk populations. And the integration of HIV prevention, care and support activities with reproductive health programmes should be an important goal.