India: UNODC conducts needs assessment to strengthen HIV/AIDS treatment and care in closed settings


Gujarat, India/15 June 2022: UNODC is supporting the Gujarat State AIDS Control Society (GSACS), Gujarat prisons, and women's shelter homes to strengthen HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment, and care in prisons and other closed settings and on harm reduction services by supporting inter-state learning.

One of the objectives of this intervention is to identify critical gaps in harm reduction programs, especially for injecting drug users and identify critical areas for providing technical support to key stakeholders in Gujarat.

Under this project, UNODC conducted a needs assessment in the Sabarmati Prison and women's shelter homes.

The evaluation aimed at gathering information on the current prison health system and services, focusing on the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and HIV/AIDS prevention, treatment, and care.

Discussions were held with relevant government prisons administration officials and inmates to understand the gaps and challenges in implementing the HIV and drug interventions in closed settings and prisons.  

  (Supported by UBRAF Mechanism/UNAIDS)