HIV/AIDS Prevention and Care

The Department carries out HIV/AIDS awareness campaign in various Tibetan communities throHIVugh its network of hospitals and health centers. As the awareness campaign about HIV/AIDS (and substance abuse) is primarily focused on the young people, special funding assistance are provided to schools for initiating activities like drawing and essay competitions themed on those topics. The Department also publishes educational materials in Tibetan and English and distribute them free in both Tibetan and local Indian communities. Counselling training based on both modern and traditional system of medical care are provided to health staff so as to make
them more competent in dealing with HIV/AIDS patients. These training include stages and process of counselling, building up of values and attitude as a counsellor, counselling on prevention of disease transmission, as well as pre- and post-test counselling, etc.

            Under this program, the Department not only provides free medication to all HIV/AIDS patients. It also provides financial support for various other medical expenses like conveyance, room rent, daily allowance, expenses of a helper, etc., incurred on visiting the Integrated Counselling and Testing Center and Antiretroviral Treatment Center located in the nearest city or town hospital.