PRASAD Chikitsa social workers, volunteers and doctors hold awareness talks in the villages for women, students, and high-risk groups, such as factory workers or rickshaw and truck drivers. Over 100,000 people have been reached through PRASAD’s awareness and education program.
HIV Testing and Counseling
PRASAD Chikitsa’s Family Health Center (FHC) provides HIV testing and counseling for the children and adults in PRASAD’s service area. Each year, PRASAD provides nearly 5,000 counseling sessions. The Indian government has recognized the FHC as an Integrated Counseling and Testing Centre under Public/Private Partnership.
Prevention of Parent to Child Transmission
One of the most effective ways to combat HIV is to prevent pregnant women who are HIV-positive from passing the infection to their unborn children. The Prevention of Parent to ChildTransmission Program (PPTCTP) provides free prenatal screenings for HIV to all pregnant women who give informed consent. Antiretroviral therapy (ART) drugs is provided to pregnant mothers infected with HIV.
Treatment and Support
In partnership with the Indian government’s ART Centers, PRASAD Chikitsa makes sure that all HIV positive patients who need ART are receiving it. Patients also receive nutritional support, treatment of secondary infections and psychological/social/spiritual counseling. Each year, PRASAD provides nearly 3,900 counseling sessions.