The Population Council/Horizons (New Delhi and Washington, DC) and the Society for Service to Urban Poverty (New Delhi) are conducting an operations research study in three New Delhi hospitals. The study, entitled “Improving the hospital environment for HIV-positive clients in India,” is endorsed by the National AIDS Control Organization (NACO) of India. The main objective is to assess factors that affect the quality and type of care received by the general patient population, with special emphasis on patients with HIV. Another objective is to assess and address factors that affect staff safety with respect to infectious diseases. As part of the study, a practical checklist was developed that can be used by managers and others to identify institutional strengths, pinpoint problems, and set goals for improvement of services for people living with HIV/AIDS (PLHA) and staff safety. The PLHA-friendly Achievement Checklist is intended as a self-assessment tool for managers to use in gauging how well their facility reaches, serves, and treats HIV-positive patients. NACO plans to distribute the checklist to all government medical facilities throughout India.
Horizons Program and SHARAN. 2003. "The PLHA-friendly achievement checklist: A self-assessment tool for hospitals and other medical institutions caring for people living with HIV/AIDS (PLHA)." Washington, DC: Population Council.