KNP+ team strives to build the capacity of district networks through various advocacies with stakeholders. Each and every district network has one community advocate (Person who has trained through advocacy strategic workshop) who is advocating on behalf of PLHA in their respective District network. This unit is always recommending government and partners that people living with HIV should always be involved in and able to influence debates about health and social policy at all levels. Have the right to the same amount of information and level of support and health care available to all members of society. They are having regular contact with KNP+ state advocacy officers while facing issues in their respective districts.
The HIV positive networks in the state and district were founded on the principles of self-help. From the beginning, people living with HIV have been responsible for the network’s growth and ‘supposedly’ strategic importance in the state’s HIV response. People living with HIV formed the district local networks themselves and their engagement and leadership remain at the core of the Networks efforts and activities. Although Network seeks technical support from professionals, the organization’s bylaws stipulate that its primary oversight body, the executive board comprises only people living with HIV.
· Service delivery: KNP+ through its district networks constantly providing adequate treatment and prevention assistance to the growing number of desperate people in Karnataka. Counseling, treatment education, positive living, forming of support net (similar to SHG), linking those groups to bank loans to start IGP activities tec.
Research and Documentation
To implement the care and treatment and prevention program across the state, KNP+ team started with groundwork by registering district level networks implemented the project in the district. In initial years the network number is 10 and at the end of 2010 that covered 29 districts in Karnataka. To prepare community treatment educators and effective peer counseling for its infected people, KNP+ published a handbook called ‘Navajeevana’. With the financial and technical support of project funders, Karnataka Health Promotion Trust, KNP+ published a module on Institutional Building, Organization Development, and Social schemes in the year 2010. Every year KNP+ involved in developing IEC materials in the State (Information, Education, and Communication) and distributing to district networks. Annually KNP+ publishing organization annual report which consists of information on network efforts made to the betterment of PLHA and its financial statement.
KNP+ also supported various research studies conducted by individual bodies on stigma discrimination, HIV and pregnancy, the mental health of PLHIV, PLHIV insurance in the state. Recently KNP+ conducted a study on reproductive health rights of women living with HIV/AIDS assigned by ICW Asia Specific in two districts of Karnataka i.e. Bangalore Urban and Mysore.