In India, HIV incidence is significantly higher among criminalised and marginalised groups such as sex workers, transgender people, men who have sex with men (MSM), and people who inject drugs. Latest data (2015) shows that 4.3% of MSM were living with HIV in India.
Although the estimated rate of new HIV infections has dropped by half in the last 10 years, there are still over two million people living with HIV in India. And there is still work to be done to continue the trend of fewer new infections.
We work with MAMTA Health Institute for Mother and Child (MAMTA) to support women, children and adolescents living with and affected by HIV. MAMTA provides community-based care and support for people living with HIV, and children and families affected by HIV.
In 2017, MAMTA reached an impressive 1,159,749 people with integrated HIV and sexual and reproductive health services. This is a result of the Ahana programme which aims to improve access to prevention of parent-to-child transmission (PPTCT) services amongst pregnant women. This is a national programme supported by the Global Fund that MAMTA is implementing in 38 districts in the state of Uttar Pradesh.
MAMTA also works to prevent HIV infections in young women and adolescent girls in rural areas, and reduce HIV and STI infections among MSM and female sex workers. Their work on sexual and reproductive health and HIV also addresses child marriage.
MAMTA is one of five Alliance Linking Organisations addressing HIV in India.