KHPT is a not-for-profit charitable entity that spearheads focused initiatives to improve the health and well-being of communities in India. In 2003, KHPT was founded with a mission to enhance the health and well-being of vulnerable communities and their journey started with a focus on reducing the prevalence of HIV in Karnataka, specifically among most at-risk populations. KHPT act as a catalyst, driving action to empower the most vulnerable communities, both directly and through strong partnerships across the country. Their ambition is to achieve population-level health impact by strengthening health systems through a variety of approaches which includes digital transformation initiatives.
Discrimination against people living with HIV/AIDS and their families is widespread in India. People whose HIV status is known, lose their homes, their jobs, and their families, and may be denied medical care. Children who are HIV-positive, or whose caregivers are denied access to school or treated badly. In addition to discrimination’s direct effects denial of health care, education, and family or institutional care the fear of discrimination discourages people from doing anything that would identify themselves as HIV positive, such as getting tested for HIV, seeking treatment and support, and taking other measures to protect themselves and others. This discrimination affected people’s inclination to seek health services and community support. Our Gokak care and support center has been working for the HIV infected people in the rural area of Belagavi and supporting them.
Karnataka Health Promotion Trust is one of the program partners their expertise in dealing with stigma and discrimination related to HIV helped us to reach the people in depth, to educate the people about the deadliest disease. During the inception of Gokak CSC the KHPT team guided us to handle the situation. With their support, we have been able to change the mindset of the people regarding HIV and helped the infected people to get proper healthcare facilities, education, brought them to the mainstream of society and gave moral support to the affected families.