The Network of Maharashtra People with HIV (NMP+) is a community based organization formed by people with HIV to improve conditions for positive people. Membership is open to all people living with HIV in the state of Maharashtra, irrespective of gender, caste, religion or social group. We have volunteers working all over the state, positive people empowering others to develop self-esteem and to support their affected families.
We have helped over 50,000 beneficiaries as of January 2010 since we were formed in 1997. These are Male 22,888, Female 21,822, Children 5,566, Total 50,276. Of these, 23,055 are on anti-retroviral treatment (ART), while 27,221 are not on ART.
We were registered with the government under the Society Registration Act in 2001. We have 34 district networks that provide direct services to positive people in partnership with us. In turn, we are affiliated to the Indian Network of People with HIV.
An improved quality of life of people living with HIV and an increased active participation in society.
To improve the quality of life and provide a sense of belonging to people living with HIV and their families for full active participation in society, and reduce further HIV transmission.
Our work includes Advocacy, Service Delivery and Network Building.
We are helped in our advocacy by Samarth Project, which aims to ‘Improve the effectiveness of the response of government and civil society for evidence based HIV policy and programmes.
We have a number of programmes through which we provide services to people with HIV. Many of these are provided through our valued partners, the district networks. These include the Access to Care and Treatment (ACT) Project, CHAHA project working with children, Youth Rights for Sexual and Reproductive Health, and a new project, Targeted Intervention for Migrants (TIM). The main objective of this project is “To halt and reverse the prevalence of
Sexual Transmitted Infections (STI), and HIV/AIDS among the migrant population and to provide quality services for their sexual health needs in Pune”. Migrant workers are considered a bridge population. They are vulnerable to HIV through contact with sex workers, and then sometimes spreading the disease to their families. Through these projects we:
- provide information, counseling, nutrition and other support to positive people including widows
- support children including orphans
- provide condoms, medical services and knowledge to high risk population groups
- offering health insurance to positive people in Maharashtra since December 2008 through Project Connect, in partnership with Star Insurance and Population Services International. The insurance is subsidised by PSI with funding from USAID. We have insured 719 people so far.
- provide treatment and advice directly through the TAAL Pharmacy, in partnership with the corporate social responsibility arm of the drug company Emcure.
- The Pathway project works in 8 communities of Pune. In that time we have served 2000 clients in the 8 communities. The project is funded by Center for Disease Control, who channels the funds through Project Concern International.
In 2009 NMP+ was honoured to be asked to be a sub-recipient for the CHAHA project. This means we are responsible to Alliance/ India for CHAHA services to seven projects in the districts of Kolhapur, Mumbai, Pune, Sangli, Satara, and Solapur.
- organizing, training and co-ordinating District Level Networks to reach out to people with HIV. We now have district networks covering the whole of Maharashtra
- supporting women’s forums to give a greater voice to women and children affected by HIV
- our network building work continues with the establishment of Taluka Level networks, and we are planning a Men having Sex with Men forum.
We have established a number of income generation projects to help positive people earn a livelihood so they can afford adequate nutrition and support themselves and their families.
Taal is a community pharmacy run and supported by the people within the HIV community, in partnership with the CSR arm of drug company Emcure. TAAL is Treatment, Advocacy, Adherence, Literacy. The first Taal Pharmacy was established in Pune in 2006. Today, Taal is functioning in seven districts of Maharashtra, providing medicines, and psycho-social support and information related to ART adherence. Over 3,200 people have received medicines and
over 500 have been referred to government schemes.