AHF Nepal has been collaborating with Nepal Government to provide free ART treatment to patients via the supported ART (14 Government run and 1 NGO run) Clinics in different provinces and cities. AHF Nepal has been collaborating with Nepal Government’s ART Clinics and ART is provided by the government and distributed also at AHF Nepal collaborative centers, free of cost. AHF Nepal supports clients to ensure required lab investigations, management and referral of Opportunistic Infection costs which are not covered by national program and other sources. Sometimes, related medicines and transportation subsidies are provided to patients with very low income. These support in the collaborative ART clinics includes counseling services and treatment of other illnesses. 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 illnesses 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 31,020 people living with HIV (PLHIV) in Nepal (NCASC, 2017), 19,702 (64%) have been diagnosed and reported positive/linked to HIV care as of December 2017. Of those estimated PLHIV in Nepal, 15,260 (49% or less than half) are on ART as of December 2017. 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 2016 estimates, CIA World Factbook 2016, NCASC 2017 Factsheet, Global AIDS Monitoring Report Nepal 2017
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