Nava Kiran Plus

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Introduction

Nava Kiran plus (NKP) was established by people living with HIV in 2003. NKP currently runs 9 care homes including Keta Keti Ashram and Kopial Ashram that provide intensive care to over 350 people living with AIDS along with children infected and affected by AIDS across the country. With a population of 24 million people, Nepal has one of the fastest growing AIDS epidemics in South Asia. A survey in 2002 showed HIV prevalence among sex workers and drug users to be as high as 17 and 70 percent respectively. HIV prevalence among migrant workers and trafficked women were also high. The most recent UNAIDS report estimates over 70,000 people living with the virus, whereas 15,000 is a reported case by UNAIDS. In a country with high level of poverty, illiteracy, political unrest, AIDS can easily trigger an apocalypse of similar magnitude witnessed in the past in several sub Saharan African countries. The National Plan to fight AIDS has not been very effective despite the huge amounts of money that has been poured in by donor countries and the majority of the focus is on prevention.

Nava Kiran plus (NKP) is one the leading community based organization, since its inception has been committed to creating enabling environment for people living with HIV/AIDS in Nepal. It currently covers over 22 districts across the country and avails services to over 350 people on a daily basis. In a short span of 7 years, NKP has made a significant breakthrough and a difference vis-à-vis quality of lives of people living with HIV/AIDS in Nepal. It carried with itself a major goal of ensuring that every person living with HIV/AIDS in Nepal by 2010 has the following:

• Universal access to Antiretroviral Therapy
• Access to easy and affordable treatment and care programs.
• Means to support themselves and those who depend upon them.
• Enabling ambience to live in an open society without a fear of stigma and discrimination being imposed upon them.

NKP has been conducting intensive Child Care Home called Keta Keti Ashram and Kopila Ashram respectively in Kathmandu and Dhangadi. Since 2007 erected under the aegis of Embassy of Denmark in Nepal wherein, 70 children ranging from the gamut of age 5 to 16 has been accommodated. The Embassy of Denmark in Nepal has been supporting NKP via the Local Grant Authority Projects.

Vision:
A right to highest attainable standard of health is secured for everyone despite their gender, social and economic status.

Mission:
To improve the quality of lives of people living with HIV/AIDS and reinstate their rights to live with dignity.

Goal
By 2010, ensure that every person living with HIV and AIDS in Nepal
• has universal access to Antiretroviral Therapy.
• has access to easy and affordable treatment and care programs.
• has means to support themselves and those who depend upon them.
• is able to live in an open society without a fear of stigma and discrimination.


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