Punjab AIDS Control Program (PACP)

The “Enhanced HIV/AIDS Control Program” is under implementation since December 2003. The first phase ended in December, 2008. During the second phase (2009-13), implementation of the PC-1 was started in January 2009.

The implementation of the second phase (2009-13)  PACP will contribute towards achieving the following objectives by 2013

  • To control or reverse the spread of HIV among the most at risk groups and to keep the epidemic from establishing among the bridging groups and the general population.
  • To create an environment in the country where People Living with HIV can access medical and social services and enjoy life without facing stigma or discrimination.
  • To coordinate a multisectoral, comprehensive and sustainable response to HIV that is based on evidence, transparency and accountability and involves the various line ministries, the civil society and the main target beneficiaries (the PLHIV and the most at risk groups).

Program Components

Interventions

  • Targeted Interventions for most-at-risk populations and bridging groups
  • HIV Care and Support
  • Blood Safety
  • Control of Sexually Transmitted Infections
  • Prevention of Parent to Child Transmission
  • Voluntary Counseling & Testing

Advocacy & Communication

  • Advocacy
  • Communication and Stigma Reduction Campaign

Governance & Institutional Framework

  • Governance
  • Capacity Building
  • Programme Management
  • Monitoring & Evaluation of HIV Response

Implementing Mechanisms

To provide comprehensive HIV treatment and care services for adults and pediatric cases including free antiretroviral therapy, management of opportunistic infections, voluntary counseling and testing (VCT) services and management of acute/chronic care of HIV related infections to HIV + people and their families.
  • Follow up and monitor treatment related adverse effects, toxicities and provide medical and psychological support in understanding both the disease and treatment demands.
  • Provision of integrated PPTCT interventions in MCH facilities for all HIV+ women and their families including risk screening, counseling and safe infant feeding options.
  • Availability and access to advanced HIV diagnostics such as CD4 and HIV viral load testing.
  • Promote linkages with referral services (hospital based services), community organizations/NGOs and people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) to enhance access to care and other support services (i.e. nutritional, financial, social)
  • To reduce stigma of HIV through acceptance of HIV + people and create awareness of HIV as a treatable chronic medical condition

Available Services

Medical Care

  • HIV/AIDS related medical care (acute and chronic management of HIV/AIDS)
  • Management of Opportunistic infections
  • Provision of Antiretroviral therapy (ART)
  • In-patient ward admission facility
  • Referral to specialist services (i.e. medical, surgical, pediatric, obstetrics-gynecology, psychiatric, dental etc)
  • Pediatric care
  • PPTCT interventions including C-section, safe delivery, infant feeding counseling, and ARV prophylaxis

Laboratory/Diagnostics 

  • HIV ELISA
  • CD 4 and HIV viral load PCR testing ( only available at PIMS, Shaukat Khanum Hospital and Sindh Services Hospital)
  • General laboratory diagnostics
  • Radiological support
  • Facility to send out specialized tests to NIH reference laboratory

Pharmacy 

  • Inventory of Antiretroviral medicines
  • Medications for opportunistic infections & STIs including some common antibiotics

Nutritional Counseling 

  • Daily caloric requirements
  • Efficient utilization of resources to meet caloric requirements
  • Healthy lifestyle choices
  • Educational materials
  • Referral to nutritional support opportunities if needed
Centers contact details are also available.