To examine the benefits and feasibility of service delivery, the Horizons program and the International HIV/AIDS Alliance undertook a multifaceted operations research study of YRG CARE, a nongovernmental organization which offers services to PLHA in southern India. Data from this study suggest that comprehensive care and support services have had a positive impact on perceived quality of life, serostatus disclosure, number of illness episodes, and household expenditures for those patients who participated in the study. The results of this component of the study support the value of scaling-up the YRG CARE service model to other NGOs in India to expand the geographical availability of services for PLHA. Many clients in this study traveled long distances to visit YRG CARE due to lack of comparable services in their immediate area and incurred substantial travel costs associated with their medical care, further underscoring the need for expanded access to medical care for PLHA in India.
YRG CARE, Horizons Program, and International HIV/AIDS Alliance. 2004. "Maximizing resources to meet client needs: Evaluation of a comprehensive HIV/AIDS care and support model in India," Horizons Final Report. Washington, DC: Population Council.
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