- The letter says that 21 million people are living with HIV infection in India
- It urges PM to include PLHIV under Ayushman Bharat Yojana as Rajasthan has already done.
- ART works much better when people are treatment literate with access to nutritious food, the letter says
Jaipur: In a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Global Alliance for Human Rights, a legal support network of people living with HIV AIDS has urged to include HIV-positive people under Ayushman Bharat Yojana.
The letter has given the example of Rajasthan which has already covered all people living with HIV (PLHIV) in Rajasthan in Ayushman Bharat Yojana as well as all children infected and affected by HIV in Palanhar Scheme for Social Security.
“We highly appreciate the effort by Rajasthan state government for including as being HIV positive makes us immune-deficient and puts most of us under BPL and most PLHIV especially women are unemployed and lack income source to eat healthily. PLHIV are excluded in all health insurance schemes,” Brijesh Dubey, Chairman of GHAR India said.
The letter to PM Modi details that there are around 21 million people living (PLHIV) in India who are forced to live stigmatic lives. Though there have been millions of dollars that were received from both government of India and generous donors like Global Funds, UN, World Bank, and others.
“We have looked into the reasons for this plight of PLHIV in India and analyzed that even after so many programs and policies being implemented by the government starting from 1992 with the establishment of NACO SACS, there is a huge gap in the implementation plan. Though the government invested a lot of money, a little improvement will give great results,” Dubey said.
The letter has urged PM Modi to intervene and study the possibility of covering all PLHIV to be included under the Ayushman Bharat scheme, all children infected and affected by HIV be included Palanhar, all PLHIV to be provided BPL ration cards, health insurance coverage of at least Rs 5 lakh, vocational training schemes for all women and girls with HIV with a focus on orphan adolescents living with HIV.
“We heartily thank the Government of India to provide ART services for all PLHIV in India but ART works much better when people are treatment literate with access to nutritious food along with proper counseling, peer support and managing ART side effects,” Dubey said.