NAP+N-Asia Pacific Network of People Living with HIV (APN+)
NAP+N in partnership with APN+ and has implemented several programs and projects. Among them a research based Program Community Access to Treatment Study (CAT-S) (Phase I of the research) and Advocacy and capacity building on Hepatitis C, HIV Co-infection and Sexual Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR). After the completion of initial phase the research program (CAT-S), it has entered into monitoring phase Monitoring Access to Treatment in Asia (MATA) in Nepal. It is under Global Fund regional grant whereas the Hepatitis C and SRHR is funded by Robert Carr Foundation – both of the projects are managed by APN+.
Objective: To improve knowledge and understanding of issues related to PLHIV’s access to treatment, care and support services in the region and use it for evidence-based advocacy and to streamline issues of Hepatitis C as co-infection and sexual and reproductive health as major issues among WLHIV in Nepal.
Major activities: Design, conduct the research and disseminate final report at national level, policy analysis on access to treatment, care and support related policies and conduct community advocacy meeting etc. Stakeholder and Partnership Meetings, coordination Meetings with community and key women leaders affected by Hepatitis C, trainings on Hepatitis C and sexual reproductive health, organize campaigns to initiate testing and treatment of Hepatitis C.
Achievements and Lesson Learnt: Successfully completed community based research (CAT-S, Phase I) and able to play lead role to bring treatment for co-infected and mono infected people.