Highly Active Anti-Retro-Viral Treatment
Highly Active Anti Retroviral Therapy also referred to as ART is the treatment that hepls reduce the multiplication process of the virus thereby deferring the onset of AIDS and improving the quality and longevity of life in PLHA’s
ENHANCED ACCESS TO ANTI-RETRO-VIRAL TREATMENT THROUGH PUBLIC PRIVATE PARTNERSHIP
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Since the year 1999, Freedom Foundation has been providing anti-retro-viral treatment to people living with HIV/AIDS (PLHA). What started as a program with a few children and women on highly active anti-retro-viral treatment or HAART today has grown and has thousands of PLHA accessing services at our various units.
The main objectives of the project are:
- To provide HAART at affordable costs to PLHA. Currently there are many PLHA who buy their medicines at retail pharmacies. At the GFATM project site, PLHA can avail of a substantial discount on the cost of medicines. All drugs available are those from reputed companies.
- To ensure that PLHA take HAART under the guidance of a trained physician: Many PLHA are often misguided regarding HAART as they may consult with doctors who are not adequately informed regarding HIV related medical care. At the GFATM project, the physicians present are well trained in the field of HIV medical care and follow the national guidelines. They not only look into anti-retro-viral treatment but also diagnose and manage various opportunistic infections.
- To provide laboratory monitoring support and diagnostic facilities for PLHA: The laboratory at Freedom Foundation/GFATM-2 project is equipped to do the CD-4+ and CD-8+ T lymphocyte enumeration. It has the capacity to do various bio-chemistry, hematology, microbiology and serological tests. The laboratory is enrolled for quality assurance for all the parameters.
- Counselling: The project has trained and well experienced personnel who deal with treatment related counselling, family counselling, etc. The counsellors provide PLHA with personal attention and quality time to discuss various issues that they may face.
The project looks at net working with physicians who are already working in the field of HIV/AIDS so that their patients can avail of the facilities available. In addition, it also interacts with other doctors, hospitals and NGOs that refer PLHA who could benefit from these services. The clinical facility is open for consultation from Monday to Friday (10:00 am to 4:00 pm). Since 2005, this program has been funded by the Global Fund for AIDS, TB & Malaria (GFATM) Round 2