Maharashtra, a state spanning west-central India, is best known for its fast-paced capital, Mumbai (formerly Bombay). Maharashtra is a 2nd largest state in India with a population of 114.2 million (2012) and area of 3.08 lacs Sq. Km. The State has always remained at the forefront in the world in health care delivery with a very well knit rural and urban infrastructure & Facilities.
The infrastructure fulfills the norms prescribed by the Government of India under the model health plan. A comprehensive package of promotive, curative and rehabilitative services are being provided through a vast network of rural and urban infrastructure.
An implementation of an effective HIV services programme in the state
resulted in a better understanding of the epidemiological scenario in the state
Objectives of MSACS are:
To prevent HIV transmission and control its spread.
To reduce morbidity and mortality associated with HIV infection.
To reduce the adverse social and economic impact resulting from HIV infection.
To coordinate and strengthen STD/HIV/AIDS surveillance.
To provide technical support in HIV/AIDS prevention and control to Government and Non-Government Organizations.
To develop skills in clinical management with the focus on biosafety.
To develop health promotion interventions among high-risk behavior groups.
To enhance the community awareness, specific knowledge, Attitude and practice of high-risk groups.
To develop Health Education materials for distribution and adoption by agencies working in AIDS prevention.
To channelize and integrate the activities of Non-Government Organizations in AIDS control and prevention.
To provide facilities and to strengthen the centers for control of Sexually Transmitted Infections both in Government and Private Medical Institutions and Practitioners.
To develop counseling services.
To organize Social support for management of HIV infected and AIDS patients.
To undertake operational and Bio-Medical research.
To monitor the development of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the state.
Any other measures related to AIDS control as per the guidelines of NACO.