Off Pune-B’lore highway, a novel experiment to check HIV
For the first time, Pune-based National AIDS Research Institute (NARI) will extend its activities to the rural and semi-urban pockets of the state.
The NARI-AIDS Rural Research Initiative in Maharashtra (NARRIM) is an extension of the Pune-based institute’s activities in rural areas, NARI director Dr R S Paranjape told The Indian Express. He pointed out that HIV and AIDS continued to outpace response, especially in rural areas.
Maharashtra was one of the earliest states to be affected by HIV/AIDS, and one of the first to be considered a high-prevalence state. The state sees considerable in-migration, and 32 of its 35 districts are labeled ‘Category A’, indicatind a high prevalence of HIV and AIDS.
Also, while 72 per cent of Indians live in rural areas, where the estimated HIV prevalence is only slightly lower than in urban areas, awareness levels in the villages are precariously low, Dr Rajat Goyal, country director of International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI) and one of the funding partners of the project, told The Indian Express.
The Indian Council of Medical Research has sought to reach out to rural areas, and a corpus of around Rs 1 crore has been built for the Karad initiative. Karad taluka was chosen due to its strategic location adjacent to NH-4, which sees massive
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