India has the third-largest HIV epidemic in the world, with nearly 2.1 million people living with HIV. India’s epidemic is concentrated among key affected populations, including sex workers and men who have sex with men. The adult HIV prevalence at national level has continued its steady decline from an estimated peak of 0.38% in 2001-2003 to 0.22% in 2017.
I-TECH began working in India in 2003 at the Government Hospital of Thoracic Medicine (GHTM), Tambaram, Chennai, as a technical partner in capacity building activities benefiting clinical and program staff assisting the National AIDS Control Organization (NACO). Through an annual residential HIV fellowship program—funded by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and managed in collaboration with the Directorate of Medical Education and Tamil Nadu State AIDS Control Society—I-TECH provided clinical and leadership training to doctors for six years.
I-TECH also played a key role in selecting, establishing and building the capacity of 10 Centers of Excellence (CoE) in HIV/ AIDS care under NACO, who is, in turn, responsible for providing technical mentoring and trainings to all 540 Antiretroviral Therapy (ART) Centers across the country. I-TECH India moved to New Delhi in 2014 to support its geographically expanding work at the national level. I-TECH India PL was established as an independent entity in India in 2015 but remains closely affiliated with its longtime partner, the University of Washington in Seattle, USA.
I-TECH India PL works with national and state governments/organizations to make health systems robust and well-organized. We work to strengthen health systems through better service delivery, capacity building of the health workforce, enhancement of health information systems and data quality, and formulation of guidelines and operating procedures.
I-TECH India remains the lead partner to the Government of India and the CDC for implementation of HIV/ AIDS care and treatment activities in India. We support interventions at the national, regional, and site level, including online learning programs for health professionals in the Southeast Asia region. I-TECH India PL program activities are in line with the UNAIDS 95-95-95 targets and focused on the “middle and third 95” through work in cluster regions of Maharashtra and three North Eastern states of Nagaland, Manipur and Mizoram.