islamabad - As many as 94,000 people in Pakistan are living with disease of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV).

An official of National AIDS Control Programme (NACP) told APP that 14,075 of these persons are registered with antiretroviral clinics and 7560 of them are getting treatment for HIV.

These patients are getting treatment at 21 antiretroviral clinics while NACP has also set up 11 sites for Prevention of Parent to Child Transmission (PPTCT) and 20 community home based care centres.

National AIDS Control Programme (NACP) was established in 1986-87 with a focus on case detection among hospital clients, with the key objectives of prevention of HIV transmission, safe blood monitoring and research and behavioral studies and programme management.

Last year NACP got a financial support of $ 9.8 million from Global Fund along with Rs 30 million from the government. The Global Fund has made a further commitment of $18 million from 2016.

The federal government allocated Rs 8.861 million for fiscal year 2015-16 for AIDS control while Rs 28.262 million is likely to be allocated for fiscal year 2016-17. Under the programme, the patients will get free of cost screening and treatment for HIV this year.

National AIDS Control Program (NACP) is primarily mandated to coordinate and harmonize the national response to HIV-AIDS in Pakistan. NACP is working closely with the Provincial AIDS Control Programs providing care, support and treatment services.

The NACP provides antiretroviral medicines, treatment, screening kits and medicines for infections, to all the provincial programmes. NACP is conducting the 5th round of surveillance in the country in collaboration with provincial programmes at a total cost of USD 1.1 million this year.

It has also formulated a National HIV/AIDS policy and HIV bill for passage through the parliament. It will also revise and disseminate national guidelines and SOPs regarding treatment, HIV counselling and testing, opiate substitution therapy (OST) and home-based care.

The official said NACP will be actively engaged in advocacy with parliamentarians, religious and opinion leaders, youth, policymakers, media personnel and key populations to create awareness and find solutions.