AIDS CONTROL PROGRAM

AIDS CONTROL PROGRAM





Program Introduction:

The Punjab AIDS Control Program was established in 1998 to prevent and contain HIV transmissions and improve the health and quality of life of people living with HIV/AIDS in Punjab. The Program’s larger goal is to keep the HIV/AIDS epidemic at the current low level (below 0.1%) among general adult population by following the international guidelines of UNAIDS, WHO and UNICEF.

The prime focus of the Program is on HIV prevention among key population namely Injecting Drug Users (IDUs), Female Sex Workers (FSWs), Male / Transgender Sex Workers (MSWs / TRSWs) and Men having Sex with Men (MSMs) and its spill over in general population. The Program provides free testing, treatment and counseling services to HIV/AIDs patients and high risk groups. 

Program Objectives

1.     Achieve the global UNAIDS HIV goals of 95-95-95. This means that 95% of people living with HIV know their status; of whom 95% are on treatment; of whom 95% are virally suppressed (95-95-95).

2.     Control or reverse the spread of HIV among the high risk and vulnerable groups and to keep the epidemic from establishing among the bridging groups and the general population

3.     Create awareness in general public / high risk groups about modes of HIV/AIDS. Transmission and advocate the policy/ decision makers and opinion leaders, about the threat of HIV/AIDS to garner enhanced support and commitment to assign it a priority area.

4.     Establish an effective, functional, comprehensive and sustainable multi-sectoral mechanism to response HIV/AIDS with the involvement of stakeholders from government departments, development partners, NGOs, CBOs, civil society, religious leaders, PLHIV etc.

5.     Provide free of cost diagnostic, and treatment services to high risk groups and poor patients by providing state of the art diagnostic referral and district services laboratory services   along with required  amount of medicine for HIV patients.

6.     Design and develop integration mechanism among the communicable disease control programs (TB, Hepatitis, etc.) for avoiding duplication of inputs such as diagnostic services.

7.     Create an enabling environment so that People Living with HIV can access medical and social services without stigma or discrimination.

8.     Build the capacity of PACP and health professionals for in public and private sector 


Program Initiatives: 

The PACP started multiple initiatives to reach out to High Risk Groups that are: 

  1. The Program sets up camps at strategic sites and tests bus and truck drivers for Hep B, Hep C, Syphilis and HIV/AIDS  with free vaccination for Hep B and free treatment for Hep C 
  2. The Program screens Jail inmates in Punjab continuously. The Program is also providing treatment to those testing positive for Hep C and HIV. The Program has provided mass vaccination for Hep B  
  3. Punjab’s first ever BSL-3 Lab was established at PACP Complex. The state-of-the-art BSL-3 Level Advanced Diagnostics Laboratory provides complete package of services and is equipped with latest flowcytometry machine, gene expert, CD4 Count machine and has the capacity to perform viral genotyping or HIV Resistance testing for initiating or switching ART. 
  4. The Program tests Transgenders, 300 Female Sex Workers/family members and is providing free treatment services to Injecting Drug Users 
  5. The PACP has started Pakistan’s first ever exclusive trans genders clinic was at Fountain House 
  6. The Program made coordinated efforts for introduction of Infection Control measures in Punjab. Coordinated efforts were made to introduce Hospital Waste Management protocols as per international standards
  7. The PACP initiated crackdown against quackery in areas having HIV outbreaks in Chiniot and Sargodha in 2018. A province-wise massive operation against quackery was initiated and efforts were made to stop the re-use of syringes.


Program Components:

Organogram

 


Working Mechanism:

 


Services:

Punjab AIDS Control Program is providing the following services. All of these services are provided FREE of COST.

  1. Voluntary Confidential Counselling and Testing (VCCT)
  2. Rapid Screening of HIV/AIDS and Syphilis (in accordance with WHO guidelines)
  3. Treatment and Medication
  4. Prevention of Parent To Child Transmissions (PPTCT)
  5. Pediatric HIV Treatment
  6. Advance Diagnostic Tests: PCR, CD4 and Eliza
  7. Follow Up

 

Centers:

The program has 45 centers located in 36 districts of Punjab that are providing free of cost counselling, diagnostic and treatment services. 

Centers are open Monday to Saturday, 8am till 2pm.

List of Centers:

List of Centers of Punjab AIDS Control Program

Sr. No.

District

Hospital

Room No.

Contact No.

1

Attock

DHQ Hospital

Room 61-62

057-9316511

2

Bahawalnagar

DHQ Hospital

Inside Filter Clinic, Ground Floor, OPD

063-9240266

3

Bahawalpur

DHQ Hospital

Room No.6, 1st Floor, Medical OPD

062-9330193

4

Bhakkar

DHQ Hospital

Room No.42, Medical Ward, 1st Floor, OPD

0304-1526112

5

Chakwal

DHQ Hospital

Room No 73-74, OPD

0305-7876898

6

Chiniot

DHQ Hospital

Room No. 31, 1st Floor, New OPD Block

047-9210158

7

Dera Ghazi Khan

DHQ Hospital

Yousaf Medical Block, 1st Floor

064-9330227

8

Faisalabad

Allied Hospital

Room No.41, OPD

041-9330750

9

Gujranwala

DHQ Hospital

TB Ward (near health commission room)

055-9330300

10

Gujrat

Major Shabir Sharif Shaheed Hospital

Room No. 17, Ground Floor, OPD

0332-8344020

11

Gujrat

Aziz Bhatti Shaheed Hospital

Ground Floor, Emergency Ward, DHQ Hospital

053-9260513

12

Gujrat

Bashiran Begum Welfare Trust Hospital

Jalalpur Jattan

0331-2895779

13

Hafizabad

DHQ Hospital

Room No. 51, Gynae Ward, 1st Floor

0323-5985610

14

Jhang

DHQ Hospital

Near Physiotherapy Department, Ground Floor

047-9200050

15

Jhelum

DHQ Hospital

Room No. 32

0544-933012

16

Khanewal

DHQ Hospital

Room No. 15, Near Corona Vaccination Center

0301-5859387

17

Khushab

DHQ Hospital

Room No.3, PKLI Building, Ground Floor

0454-920292

18

Lahore

Services Hospital

Room No. 8, Medical Unit-4, 2nd Floor

042-99203570

19

Lahore

Mayo Hospital

Room No.6, Ground Floor, OPD

042-99213582

20

Lahore

Jinnah Hospital

Room No.34, Ground Floor, OPD

042-99231461

21

Lahore

Said Mitha Hospital

Room No.14, 1st Floor, Said Mitha Hospital

042-99333596

22

Lahore

Fountain House

Khawaja Sira Unit

042-99213259

23

Layyah

DHQ Hospital

Room No.230, Citizen Vaccination Center

0606-920345

24

Lodhran

DHQ Hospital

Old Nursing Room in PKLI Building

0340-9614914

25

Mandi Bahauddin

DHQ Hospital

Room No.13, 1st Floor, OPD

0334-4274522

26

Mianwali

DHQ Hospital

Room No. 4 Old OPD, Building

045-9920286

27

Multan

Civil Hospital

Room No.26 & Room No.28, OPD

061-9200187

28

Muzaffargarh

DHQ Hospital

Room No. No. 2, Psychiatric ward

066-9330003

29

Nankana Sahib

THQ Hospital

Room No. 2-B, New OPD

0346-0708512

30

Narowal

DHQ Hospital

Room No.96, 1st floor, OPD

054-2920129

31

Okara

DHQ Hospital

Cardiac Block, 1st Floor, Near Tea Room

044-9330148

32

Pakpattan

DHQ Hospital

Room No. 30, New OPD Building

0333-4388033

33

Kasur

DHQ Hospital

Room 85

0301-4857722

34

Rahim Yar Khan

Sheikh Zaid Hospital

Near Operation Theatre, Phase-2

068-9230209

35

Rajanpur

DHQ Hospital

Room No.108, OPD

0321-4262877

36

Rawalpindi

Benazir Bhutto Hospital

Opposite Main OPD

051-9290824

37

Sahiwal

DHQ Hospital

Beside Pathology Lab, Basement of OPD

040-9200403

38

Sargodha

DHQ Hospital

Ward No.10

048-9230569

39

Sargodha

THQ Hospital

Room No.33, THQ Hospital, Tehsil Kot Momin

0343-4300066

40

Shiekhupura

DHQ Hospital

Room No. 3, PKLI Building

056-9200345

41

Sialkot

Allama Iqbal Hospital

Room No.22, Family Ward

052-9250071

42

Toba Tek Singh

DHQ Hospital

Room No.32, Main OPD (new building)

046-9201110

43

Vehari

DHQ Hospital

Last Room (near old emergency)

067-9201118

 

Achievements:

  • State of the art Bio-Safety Level 3 laboratory
  • 45 HIV treatment centers in 36 districts of Punjab
  • 36 Satellite treatment centers in all prisons of Punjab
  • Biometric Registration of all patients for seamless service delivery
  • Lost to Follow-up mechanism that ensures no patient is left untreated
  • Free provision of Opportunistic infection medication to HIV patients
  • Provision of rashan packages to people living with HIV with collaboration of APLHIV
  • More than 17500 patients actively getting free treatment
  • More than 400 HIV negative childbirths from HIV positive mothers

  

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