Indian Health Action Trust (IHAT): Technical Support Unit (TSU) for KSAPS


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.

Purpose of the Technical Support Unit

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.

Scope of work

The scope of work includes, but is not limited to, the following:

Targeted Intervention (TIs)

Coverage:

TIs, will cover the following areas

  • High risk groups viz. sex workers, IDUs and MSM
  • Bridge population viz. truckers and short stay migrants

Activities:

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:

  • Orientation to KSAPS team on TI strategy of NACO & State PIP
  • Support for needs assessment, mapping & TI planning
  • Evolving a state TI roll out plan
  • Assist KSAPS for identification of NGO partners
  • Field based monitoring & evaluation
  • Documenting & disseminating best practices
  • Evolve mechanisms for linkages between prevention & care programs
  • Developing strategies for transition to CBOs
  • Strategies for private sector participation ( STI franchising , supporting TIs)

Strategic Planning

  • Preparation of Annual Action Plans (AAP) by end of December for following Financial Year
  • Data from SIMS
  • Data from programmes implemented other than SACS budget by Development Partners, NGOs etc
  • Assess and analyse resources (human, institutional and financial) available in districts for identifying cost effective strategies to achieve NACP objectives
  • Develop division wise activity plans in consultation with the Program Officers in KSAPS to ensure timely implementation and proper utilization of funds
  • 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.

Strategic Planning

  • Identification of training institutions
  • Preparation of training materials, modules and kits as required and authorized by KSAPS
  • Development of a training calendar and assessment of training load covering all key staff of the programme implementation units and ensure their attendance
  • Evaluate quality of training and grading of participants for further training based on an evaluation system to be developed
  • Establishment of mentoring programmes
  • Periodic evaluation of effectiveness of these programmes
  • Identification of technical and management resource persons/consultants for programme implementation support

IEC Programming

  • Support state in designing an overall IEC Plan and its roll out
  • Support TI programs to ensure that they have adequate IEC at TI level
  • Support in designing appropriate IEC materials for TI groups