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AHF Nepal has been collaborating with Nepal Government to provide quality ART treatment to patients via the supported 16 ART (15 Government run and 1 NGO run) Clinics in different provinces and cities with an objective to improve and expand prevention, testing and linkage services; to increase access to quality treatment and care services and to strengthen coordination, networking and advocacy for quality ART services. ARV is provided by the government and distributed from ART clinics, free of cost. AHF Nepal supports; Human Resources at ART clinics for quality service delivery, clients to ensure required lab investigations, management and referral of Opportunistic Infection costs which are not covered by national program and other sources. These support in the collaborative ART clinics includes counseling services and treatment of other co-infection(s). In addition to ART, AHF Nepal collaborative ART centers work for better recording, reporting and counseling services and are able to diagnose and treat other co-infection(s) as outlined by National HIV Program. The different outreach teams focus on training peer educators to promote treatment adherence and follow-up actions for PLHIV in the AHF supported collaborative clinics. Treatment adherence and follow-up actions by mobilizing PLHIV clients, peer educators and also promoting linkage and support services by mobilizing the resources and services provided by other agencies or PLHIV networks working in HIV and AIDS has contributed in ensuring quality treatment to PLHIV.
While there are an estimated 29,503 people living with HIV (PLHIV) in Nepal (NCASC, 2019), 23,136 (78.4%) have been diagnosed and reported positive/linked to HIV care as of December 2019. Of those diagnosed and reported PLHIV in Nepal, 18,628 (80.5%) are on ART as of December 2019. Much efforts will be needed and AHF Nepal is committed to increase the percentage through the different collaborated programs with government, other partners and local communities.
Sources: UNAIDS 2019 estimates, NCASC 2020 Factsheet, Global AIDS Monitoring Report Nepal 2019
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