The National AIDS Control Programme (NACP) is, committed towards the goal of 'Ending the AIDS epidemic as a public health threat by 2030 enunciated in the National Health Policy 2017. The vision is to have a strong implementation framework through a seven-year National Strategic Plan on HIV/AIDS and STI.
Rigorous understanding of the HIV epidemic forms the cornerstone of the National AIDS response. Surveillance systems set up in early days of the HIV/AIDS epidemic , to guide initial response under the NACP I, has evolved as an exceptionally comprehensive system. The data sources have expanded and currently comprise many complementary sources that include specific bio behavioural epidemiological studies (HSS, IBBS, HIV estimations etc.), general population household surveys (NFHS, DLHS), population size estimates as well as routine programme monitoring data.
Generating, analysing and disseminating the epidemiological evidences for advocacy, policy making, programme planning, implementation and review at national, state, and district levels remains a key surveillance function under NACP. This is accomplished through publication and dissemination of epidemiological fact-sheets, technical briefs, detailed report as well as scientific papers. The "State Epidemiological Fact Sheets have been developed to provide latest and comprehensive evidences on HIV epidemic upto the district level. The factsheet provides a one pager summary, duly supported by graphs, for each of the State to provide the big picture of epidemic and then provides details data tables from HIV Estimations, HIV Sentinel Surveillance as well as National Integrated Biological and Behavioural Surveillance. All the data are time referenced from 2007 till 2014-15.
Volume 3 of the Fact Sheets covering the Northern, Central and Eastern Regions was released on 22nd November 2017 by Shri Sanjeeva Kumar, AS & DG, NACO during review meeting of the Northern States at Lucknow. Shri Prashant Trivedei (Principal Secretary, Gov of UP), Dr Bilali Camara (Country Director, UNAIDS), Shri Alok Saxena (Joint Secretary, NACO) and Shri Pankaj Kumar (MD, NHM Gov of UP and Project Director, UPSACS) were also present on the occasion. The fact sheet will be a key reference document for policy makers, programme managers, community members, civil society and research scholars for strengthening the AIDS response at all levels.