India: NGOs Turn to Chief Minister for Better HIV Care in Manipur
March 3, 2014
This article was reported by the Times of India.
The Times of India reported that a number of nongovernmental organizations with complementary goals convened in Imphal, India, and submitted to Chief Minister Okram Ibobi Singh a memo that urged the assembly to act in support of HIV-positive people in Manipur State. Organizations collaborating on the memo included Women Action for Development, Christian Network for Positive Women, Platform for Positive Women, Self Support Group, World Vision, CoNE, and FXB. The memo reiterated earlier requests, urged government passage of the revised 2010 Manipur State AIDS Policy, and demanded entitlements and benefits for all HIV-positive people.
Specific memo requests included free laboratory testing and investigations in all government hospitals and antiretroviral therapy (ART) centers; treatment for HIV-related illnesses and opportunistic infections; and water, sanitation, and seating at ART centers. The memo also demanded that the government hire enough doctors to manage HIV caseloads at state hospitals. The coalition called for increased ART access and the installation of improved testing technology for CD4 count and viral load testing at treatment centers.
The Manipur State AIDS Control Society estimated that 11,878 of the state's 43,707 HIV-positive residents were women, and 2,780 were children. The memo stated that poverty was growing among HIV-positive people in Manipur and increasing prices could place basic commodities out of reach.
The coalition also sent the memo to Manipur Speaker Th Lokeshwar Singh, Health Minister Phungzathang Tonsing, Social Welfare Minister A. K. Mirabai Devi, and MLA I. Ibohalbi Singh.
This article was provided by CDC National Prevention Information Network. It is a part of the publication CDC HIV/Hepatitis/STD/TB Prevention News Update.
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