CONTINUUM OF CARE AND SUPPORT SERVICES
Samraksha developed range of care and support services for people affected by HIV --counseling and testing, treatment for opportunistic infections, treatment of side effects of medications as well as care to reduce pain and distress in the terminal stages- which took care of the needs of people living with HIV and their families from the point of diagnosis right upto the terminal stages. Nearly 16000 people have benefited from these services. Many of the services pioneered by Samraksha have become an integral part of the national HIV care and support program today. Till recently, Samraksha ran a palliative care centre for people living with HIV in Koppal. This centre, Asha Jyoti, had a multi-disciplinary team of doctors, nurses and counselors, who addressed medical, psychosocial and spiritual issues of people living with HIV and their families, specially in the terminal phases.