Garhwal Community Development and Welfare Society

HIV Care

We seek to improve the health status of rural and indigenous populations through research, training and service delivery programmes.

— Dr. Rajesh Singh, Director

GCDWS started a model community HIV initiative in 2008-09, supported by EFICOR.

Beginning in 2 blocks, GCDWS worked with local communities to map theHIV prevalence, engage community participation in HIV control, develop good models of care and mitigate the social damage caused. 267 widowed women and 50 orphan children were tested in the first phase; 33 women and 10 children tested positive. GCDWS provides care and support for the 43 HIV positive persons and also takes care of their nutritional and ART management, and management of opportunistic infections. Every month their height and weight is checked by the hospital to obtain their BMI and nutritional requirements are determined based on the BMI.

The Christian Hospital houses an HIV Counseling Center that provides HIV counseling to OP and IP patients.