South Asia Monitor: A Hard Battle: Few Victories to Cheer in India on World AIDS Day - December 1, 2006
November 30, 2006
Almost 20 years after the first AIDS case was diagnosed in the southern city of Chennai, India is still juggling different public health priorities while maintaining and increasing its spending on HIV/AIDS programs. As India shifts its focus from prevention to treatment, the financial and technical resources required are growing exponentially, putting an enormous strain on its frail public health infrastructure. The Indian government has been successful at effectively dealing with high-risk groups through localized awareness and intervention programs. The challenge for policymakers is to scale up these successful programs, which can then be implemented countrywide with modifications to suit local characteristics.