HIV & AIDS is not a mere health issue: its occurrence is influenced by a number of socio-economic elements. Health interventions alone, therefore, cannot lead to its prevention. Its prevention requires a concerted collaborative effort from all organisations in public life through their work and programmes. This integrated approach would include the various stakeholders like the government, the corporate sector and civil society organisations.
Mainstreaming can therefore, be referred as the inclusion and application of new behaviours into core activities or agendas of organisations. However, it does not require organisations to take up specialist functions, but respond by making changes in their current or future core work to be sensitive to the issues of HIV & AIDS.
Within the work of the corporate and business sector, HIV & AIDS can pose a serious threat to corporate performance due to loss of skilled employees, and also due to large expenditure on healthcare, orphan care and social welfare which results in lowered productivity or disruption of operations and increased cost of employee healthcare.
Benefits of Mainstreaming
In order to check the emergence of such a situation (as mentioned above), HIV & AIDS prevention, care and treatment is mainstreamed in all government schemes and activities, corporate sector and civil society. The latter contributes by creating awareness on HIV & AIDS issues, especially among the poor and high risk groups.
The collective effort is also a vital force in fighting off stigma and discrimination associated with the epidemic.
One Day State Consultation on Transgender
A one day state consultation on Transgender was held on the 2nd of March 2017 at NSACS conference hall. The welcome address was delivered by Dr. Bernice D. Thapru, Joint Director (TI). A film titled, “Oh My Soul” was screened to give an insight into the lives of transgender in Nagaland. A discussion on policy or social benefits for TGs (if any) available under Social Welfare Department was followed. The officials from the Dept. of Social Welfare informed there are were no specific programmes / schemes in respect of TGs, however, they can enroll in the Below Poverty Line (BPL) program and avail various benefits in line with the rest of general population. On a concluding note, the house unanimously agreed upon the need to develop a workable strategy for addressing the issues of Transgender community in Nagaland by involving the HoDs of various departments and TG community during consultations in the near future.
One day Sensitization & Training for DPROs and Media Officials on HIV & AIDS
A one day sensitization and training on HIV & AIDS was held on the 28th of October, 2016 for District Public Relation Officers (DPROs) and Media officials at the conference hall of the Directorate of Information & Public Relations, Kohima. The training was jointly organized by Nagaland State AIDS Control Society and Department of Information & Public Relations. The welcome address was delivered by Shri Limawati Ao, Director, DIPR. Mr. Tarepnokcha Jamir, Deputy Director (MST) gave an insight on the objectives of the training. Dr. Vezokholu Theyo, Deputy Director (M&E), presented the current HIV Scenario and services available in the state. Mr. Alipoker, Assistant Director (VBD), NSACS shared the basic facts about of HIV & AIDS. The role of Media in HIV response and media ethics was presented by Mrs. Thejangunuo, Deputy Director (IEC), NSACS. Mr. Z. Tokishe Sema, Joint Director, DIPR and Ms. Metevinuo Sakhrie, Joint Director (IEC) gave the concluding remarks.
One day Sensitization & Training for Officials of Youth Resources & Sports Department
A one-day sensitization and training for officials of Youth Resources & Sports Department on HIV & AIDS was held on the 24th of August 2016 at the conference hall of the Directorate of Youth Resources and Sports. The training was jointly organized by Nagaland State AIDS Control Society and Directorate of Youth Resources and Sports. Smti. Asangla Imti, Director, Youth Resources and sports delivered the welcome address. Dr. Bernice D. Thapru, Joint Director (TI) presented the HIV program implementation, HIV scenario, and services available in the state. The session on basics of HIV and AIDS and stigma and discrimination was taken by Dr. Mehokhu Zao, SMO, ARTC NHAK. Ms. Metevinuo Sakhrie, Joint Director (IEC) presented on Mainstreaming of HIV and AIDS programme. Mr. C. Theyo, State NSS Officer, YR&S shared the experiences and joint activities undertaken in the field of HIV prevention. Mr. Ainato Yeptho, Assistant Director (YA), NSACS highlighted the need of strengthening the existing Joint Working Group for Youth on HIV and AIDS. The training concluded with a vote of thanks from Mr. Tarepnokcha Jamir, Dy. Director (MST), NSACS.
State Consultation on Legal Protection for People Living with HIV, Children Affected By AIDS and Most At Risk Population
The State consultation on Legal Protection for People Living with HIV (PLHIV), Children Affected by AIDS (CABA) and Most At Risk Populations (MARPs) was held on the 30th of August, 2016 at the conference hall of Nagaland State Legal Services Authority (NSLSA), Kohima. The consultation was jointly organized by Nagaland State AIDS Control Society (NSACS) and NSLSA. The key note address was delivered by Dr. P. Tia Jamir, Joint Director NSACS. Mrs Nino Iralu, Member Secretary, NSLSA gave an overview of NSLSA activities. Dr. Bernice D. Thapru, Joint Director (TI) presented an overview of National AIDS Control Programme (NACP) implementation in the state. Mr. L. Tongpang, Master Trainer, NSLSA presented on Legal Protection for People infected and affected by HIV & AIDS. Mr. Ashu Theyo, Retainer Lawyer of NSLSA for Gauhati High Court, Kohima Bench shared his experiences & challenges of working with PLHIV community (Legal perspective). Ms. Bazo Kire, Treasurer, CABA, shared her experiences of working with Children infected & affected by HIV & AIDS.
State Consultation on Social Protection for Children and Adolescent Infected & Affected by HIV & AIDS
The State consultation on Social Protection for Children and Adolescent Infected & Affected by HIV & AIDS was held on the 15th of March, 2017 at the conference hall of Indian Red Cross, Kohima. The consultation was jointly organized by Nagaland State AIDS Control Society (NSACS) and Children Affected By AIDS (CABA). Ms. Metevinuo Sakhrie, Joint Director (IEC) delivered the welcome address. An overview of CABA activity was highlighted by Dr. Joyce Z. Angami, Executive Director, CABA. Mr. Rovikhoto Mor, District Programme Officer, Peren presented the status of the project ‘EMPOWER’ ; an initiative for education support for children infected and affected with HIV and AIDS in Peren District. Mr. Shanpanthung, Project Officer, Vihaan on behalf of NNP+ presented an update of CLHIV availing various social benefit schemes in the state. The sessions were followed by discussion on issues of CLHIV.
One Day State Consultation on “Strengthening the World of Work”
A one day state consultation on “Strengthening the World of Work” was held on the 5th of April 2017 at NSACS conference hall. The welcome address was delivered by Ms. Metevinuo Sakhrie, Joint Director (IEC). Dr. Vezokholo Theyo, Deputy Director (M&E), NSACS presented the HIV scenario of the state. Mr. Tarepnokcha Jamir, Deputy Director (MST), NSACS, highlighted about the World of Work Concept. The Legal Provisions on World of Work was presented by Mr. Tongpang, Master Trainer, Nagaland State Legal Services Authority (NSLSA). This was followed by discussions and the way forward plans and activities.