NACO: An overview

NACO: An overview
  • National Aids Control Organisation (NACO) was established in 1992 to undertake efforts to impart understanding about the disease as well as minimize and control HIV infections.
  • The organisation has over 35 HIV prevention centres across the nation to create awareness among the public.
  • In 2010, NACO initiated "TeachAIDS" programme that aimed to create awareness about HIV through the education curriculum.

Supplies in health-care kits dry-up

12 Feb 2015
Supplies in health-care kits dry-up
  • NACO, an independent body was brought under the Health Ministry. This caused delay in sanctions for newer supplies as NACO had to seek the Ministry's permission for every dispatch.
  • Disposable syringes and other health-kit supplies dried-up in health-care centers and left infected patients without access to drugs.
  • Though organizations like World Bank had sponsored NACO, the officials did not comment over dearth in supply.

Infections in Mizoram shoots; government blamed

01 May 2015
Infections in Mizoram shoots; government blamed
  • A cap on the funding of health programmes by the Central Government caused infections to shoot in Mizoram.
  • Centrally funded health interventions centers across India were asked to seek funds from the respective state governments.
  • Free drugs and diagnostic schemes under National Health Assurance Mission too were cut-down.
  • The government was blamed for the increased infections and for causing a perfect system to collapse.

Philipinnes' program cut-back increases infections

Similar in countries

Philippines implemented a successful HIV prevention programme in the country. After a brief stint the same was scaled-down. This action led to the rates of infection to shoot-up instantaneously.

Funding cap to not have negative impact

27 May 2015
Funding cap to not have negative impact
  • Government representatives assured that a cap in funding would not have any negative impact. They also assured that the states would spend the money instead of central funding.
  • With AIDS control shifted to respective states, new infections cropped-up in states in which earlier there was low-prevalence.
  • 15 schemes that were to receive funding from the centre did not receive any separate funds.

Emphasis on health programs decreasing?

26 Jul 2015
Emphasis on health programs decreasing?
  • The proposed cut of Rs 60 Billion in the healthcare budget and restrictions in health programmes sparked issues over the falling importance of AIDS programmes.
  • Shortage of grants and funds, dearth in drugs, and delays in programme implementations have put the government's anti-AIDS programme in a mess.
  • With health workers being laid-off, a further decline in HIV awareness programmes was predicted by NACO.