Topic: Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health.
3) “Our communities present us with a lot of untapped potential, unleashing it is the key to gaining the momentum we need to make faster progress towards reaching the target of an AIDS free India”. Comment.(250 words)
Why this question:
The article talks about the significance of communities in achieving the goal of AIDS free India.
Demand of the question:
One has to explain that success is being achieved where policies and programmes focus on people, not diseases, and where communities are fully engaged from the outset in designing, shaping and implementing health policies. This is how real and lasting change is achieved and this is what will reduce the devastating impact of AIDS.
Comment– here we have to express our knowledge and understanding of the issue and form an overall opinion thereupon.
Structure of the answer:
In brief discuss the scenario of prevalence of AIDS in India.
The answer must emphasize on the role that community participation plays in addressing issues like that of AIDS and in what way All over the world, communities are demonstrating time and again that they can, and do, deliver results. Since the beginning of the epidemic in India until now, communities have been the most trusted and reliable partners for the National AIDS Control Organization and the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS. They are fully engaged in many aspects of the National AIDS Response, including prevention, care, support and treatment programmes. There are over 1,500 community-based organizations reaching out to key populations. In India, there are around 300 district-level networks of people living with HIV which are supporting treatment programmes through psychosocial support, treatment literacy and adherence counselling.
Conclude with way forward.