A tele-medicine facility for HIV infected patients is being set up on a pilot basis in the Center of Excellence, Maulana Azad Medical College, New Delhi.
The project, called Project DISHA is a joint collaboration between University of New Mexico, USA and National AIDS Control Organisation (NACO), Government of India and the facility will link Antiretroviral Therapy (ART) centres in remote areas with the Centers of Excellence (COE).
The interaction between medical officers at ART centres with specialists at Centers of Excellence will promote access to better knowledge and practices that will translate into better care for the HIV patients at these ART centers.
Specific technical assistance is being received from WHO for surveillance for identifying and tracking the epidemic, screening of blood for blood borne pathogens to ensure safe blood transfusion, expanding the counseling and testing facilities in the country.
Also technical assistance in scaling up of Antiretroviral therapy (ART) for adult and paediatric HIV infected patients, monitoring and determining, emergence and levels of HIV Drug Resistance, scaling up of prevention of mother to child transmission facilities, establishing measures to manage HIV/TB co-infections will be received.
Periodic training workshops on rabies are being conducted at National Centre for Disease Control as a part of WHO Biennium activity.