NACP IV has adopted a decentralized approach to underscore the need for different responses for different stages of the epidemic in each state. The most cost-effective means of reducing HIV spread is through the implementation of Targeted Intervention (TIs) amongst population most vulnerable to HIV/AIDS, such as sex workers, truck drivers, migrants, men who have sex with men, and injecting drug users. Both NACO and the State place a high priority upon full coverage of the state with TIs and other prevention activities such as expanding access to free condoms, HIV testing and STI services.
To achieve a high level of coverage and maintain quality of programme implementation, NACO has identified a consultant having strong management and human resource capabilities to set up a "Technical Support Unit" to support the development and implementation of HIV/AIDS prevention strategies, especially support to the TIs Initiatives in the state and provide technical support as and when required to SACS. For Karnataka, NACO has identified India Health Action Trust to perform the TSU role.
To extend technical assistance in specified areas to the KSAPS so as to achieve the NACP goals and objectives. The TSU is a coordinator and not an implementing agency unless specifically requested to. Since prevention is the mainstay of the national strategy to control HIV/AIDS, the TSU is required to focus and bring in technical and professional expertise in the areas of prevention and which inter alia include, evidence based strategic planning, Targeted Intervention (TIs), and capacity building.
The scope of work includes, but is not limited to, the following:
Targeted Intervention (TIs)
TIs, will cover the following areas
Assisting SACS in identifying and building capacities of NGO, CBO and Civil Society partners. Mobilize partnerships for implementation of interventions involving NGO/CBO and Civil Society. The key steps include:
Support to STRC in preparation of training materials, modules and identification of resource persons as required and authorized by KSAPS. Periodic evaluation of effectiveness of TI programme.