The majority of people living with HIV in Nepal don’t know it. As of July 2012, only 20,583 people were registered as positive – less than a half of those estimated to have the virus. Consequently, treatment levels are low, with only less than 35% of those in need of ART receiving it.
- Population: 26.5 million (Source: Census 2012, Central Bureau of Statistics [CBS], Nepal)
- People registered as HIV-positive: 20,583 (Source: July 2012 stats from Nepal’s National Centre for AIDS and STD Control [NCASC])
- Number of people estimated to be living with HIV: 50,200 (Source: July 2012 stats from NCASC)
- People receiving ART: 7,142 (NCASC, July 2012)
- Number of clients supported by AHF: 28,77 (Source: PPR report of AHF Nepal, April 2013)
- Number of clients receiving ART in support of AHF Nepal: 2,500 (Source: PPR report of AHF Nepal, April 2013
AHF in Nepal
AHF Nepal works in partnership with the National Centre for AIDS and STD Control (NCASC). Together, we established collaborative ART Centers at the Sukraraj Tropical and Infectious Disease Hospital in Teku, Bharatpur Hospital in Chitwan, Lumbini Zonal Hospital in Butwal, in Rupandehi, Tikapur Hospital in Kailali, and Bir Hospital in Kathmandu. AHF Nepal has been working in partnership with SPARSHA Nepal for the rapid community HIV testing.
Through healthcare centers and events, we provide medical services to thousands of clients, nearly 80% of them are on ART. We also lead advocacy efforts to reduce the stigma of HIV and encourage HIV testing. AHF Nepal implements different prevention and treatment strategies; document the evidences and advocate for policy change. It has organized “Test and TREAT” campaign and conducted more than 2000 test and distributed 50,000 condoms in 2012 through mobilization of community volunteers, health workers and PLHIV. In the context of prevailing stigma and discrimination, AHF Nepal uses the promising results of the campaign to influence policy change for “Test and TREAT”.
AHF Services in Nepal
AHF supports in providing comprehensive HIV care in Nepal, including antiretroviral therapy. We also perform community outreach, distributing free condoms and information about safer sex at special events.
Nur Prasad Pant, Country Program Manager, Nepal
Nirmal Lama Marg-16, Nayabazar
PO Box: 10377
Tel: +977 1 4358457