The Catholic Health Association of India (CHAI) has started implementing the project titled “Holistic Care Centres for PLHIV for providing comprehensive care to PLHIV in India” from January 2014.

As part of the project, an orientation-cum-review meeting was organized for 30 Holistic Care Centre representatives at CHAI Central Office on 26th and 27th June 2014. Present at the meeting along with 30 HCCs were Fr. Matthew Perumpil, the main Facilitator, Dr. Anto, Programme Manager, Mr. Ramu and Ms. Rosa, Programme Officers of CHAI.

The programme started with a prayer song followed by lighting of the lamp. The topic on orientation of  HCC project was dealt with by Mr. Ramu and Ms. Rosa. The representatives from 30 HCCs shared their work done in the last 6 months as well as their learning experiences. They also spoke about their project accomplishments and shared their best practices.

Fr. Matthew Perumpil, along with Mr. Ramu, dealt with the topics like review of the monthly reporting format, feedback on online reporting format, narrative report, case study and best practices. CHAI members also discussed the web-based reporting format as well as the submission of narrative and financial reports.

 Fr. Matthew Perumpil observed that the topics on HIV/AIDS services need to be made more effective in HCCs, and how the gaps and challenges could be addressed in the context of national programme, exploring the possibilities of collaboration with Govt, /INGOs, sharing of experiences by HCCs and identifying the areas for resource mobilization. Based on this, a sustainability plan has been developed for the continuation of the HIV/AIDS services.

He also  stated that funding is a very important and primary aspect of all the sectors which are into public health. The HCCs should use their network and reach out to the companies for funding. This will enable them to function properly and reach out to maximum infected people.  Parishes and Churches can be approached for funding as well. All the HCCs shared their views on sustainability. The representatives from HCCs informed as to how local businessmen are coming forward to help both monetarily and through other means. Fr. Matthew directed the HCCs to seek funding from research institutions and also from state departments (Health secretary).

The programme ended with a vote of thanks by Mr. Ramu of  CHAI and Sister Sunita of Asha Niketan care and support centre.

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