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NLACS believes a person with HIV has a right to a full range of prevention, treatment, care, and support services. This means having help with any medical problems as well as support for their psychosocial economic needs and overall well being both from the community and in the home.

Integrated prevention, treatment, care, and support for people living with HIV should be comprehensive. This means that a variety of people and organisations – such as family, doctor, community and workplace – must all play their part and work together to provide a ‘continuum’ of care and prevention.

Prevention Services

Awareness Raising:

One of the strongest ways to prevent further HIV transmission is by providing information and raising awareness of STIs, HIV and AIDS, sexual health, and drug abuse.

New Light conducts seminars, workshops and training sessions to disseminate information about HIV and AIDS to many different groups including youth, factory workers, health care providers, religious leaders and the media.

New Light also targets high-risk groups such as female sex workers, male sex workers, and Intravenous- drug users to help disseminate information about HIV to prevent further transmission. New Light is also running a project that will target Men who have sex with men (MSMs) in Lahore, Karachi, and Multan.

Through our home based care services and our in office counselor we work with our positive members on a continuous basis to ensure that they are aware of how they can prevent further transmission of the HIV virus. We also provide condoms to HIV positive people

We can offer you or your organization a tailored training course. To be involved in a HIV awareness raising or training session please contact us

VCT:

NLACS operates two VCT centers in Lahore and Karachi, which work as a prevention method. In addition New Light works in close collaboration with other VCT Centers throughout Pakistan. People living with HIV are less likely to transmit the virus to others if they know they are infected and if they have received counseling about safer behaviour. In particular, a pregnant woman who has HIV will not be able to benefit from interventions to protect her child unless her infection is diagnosed. Those who discover they are uninfected can also benefit, by receiving counseling on how to remain that way.

Please see VCT for more information or contact us for confidential advice

Antiretroviral Treatment:

NLACS ensures that all of our members have access to ARV Treatment, which means our members can enjoy longer, healthier lives. This acts as an incentive for HIV testing. It also brings HIV-positive people into contact with health care workers who can deliver prevention messages and interventions. Our counselors provide ARV adherence counseling and continous treatment support.

For more information please see what treatment services we offer

Breakdown Stigma and Discrimination:

Often stigma and discrimination prevents people from getting tested or prevents people from disclosing their HIV positive status, even to their families. By creating a supportive and understanding community we can encourage more people to come forward for testing, and to talk about their HIV positive test result with their family and friends.

NLACS works with the families of HIV positive people through Home Based Care to breakdown stigma and discrimination within the home. This means families are better equipped to provide supportive comprehensive care to HIV positive family members. 

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Treatment Services

NLACS assists its PLHIV member to have free access to medical testing, medicines, and ARV treatment.

NLACS was the first organization to bring ARV Medicines into Pakistan. Now NLACS support its PLHIV member to access Anti-Retroviral Medicines available free at Public Treatment Centers in Lahore, Islamabad, Karachi and D.G. Khan.

HIV positive people often face a variety of opportunistic infections. NLACS provides general medicines to all HIV positive members. All members are supplied with a box of medical equipment so that they can administer medical treatment themselves through consultation with our on site doctor or through advice given by outreach workers. This is especially important if members live in rural areas, far from local hospitals.

NLACS outreach workers accompany members to the hospitals for emergency visits and routine medical tests and check ups including viral load and CD4 count tests.

Our counselors and outreach workers also provide continuous ARV Adherence counseling, nutritional advice, and sexual health advice to all of its members.

NLACS has also worked to set up strong referral linkages with hospitals, health care facilities, the National and Provincial AIDS Control Programmes of Punjab and Sindh, and other civil society organizations.

Care and Support

NLACS believes Care and support are key elements in the response to the epidemic. Not only do they directly benefit people living with HIV, but they help also to reduce the social and economic impact of the epidemic and to boost HIV prevention.

NLACS provides quality care and support to PLHA and promotes a positive attitude among vulnerable groups through counseling, condom promotion, harm reduction and healthy facilities. We believe that HIV positive people need a wide range of services including socio-psycho support in the home. It is also important to understand the connection between poverty and HIV. To address these issues we incorporate economic support into our care and support services.

Home Based Care (HBC)

NLACS provides holistic care that offers treatment and psychosocial support to patients, as well as support to carers and relatives, including orphaned children. This programme also does important work in raising awareness, challenging stigma and teaching HIV prevention.

All of our outreach workers have completed a training course in HBC and NLAACS has produced its own HBC manual. Outreach workers give PLHA and their family members’ nutritional and sexual health advice and check on the general health of PLHA.

In addition, outreach workers visit PLHA members monthly to provide counseling, to work on disclosure issues and to enable PLHA to face stigma and discrimination at home or within local communities. They work to engage and enable the family to provide consistent care to their HIV positive relative.

Support Groups:

New Light arranges monthly group meetings with PLHA to provide an open and safe environment for PLHA to share problems, worries, and fears, working through such groups to mitigate these issues and to further identify organizational priorities.

Capacity Building:

NLACS provides capacity building training to PLHAs to prepare PLHA for public speaking, and to face the general community and media to advocate for the rights of PLHA.

Economic Support:

PLHA face a variety of barriers which can affect their economic status. These include isolation, declining health status, loss of income, medical and transport expenses, funeral costs, and the unmet needs for education, shelter, nutrition, clothing, and other necessities.

NLACS works to provide jobs for PLHA or identify employment opportunities. One third of New Light’s own staff is HIV positive which provides knowledge, understanding, empathy and credibility to New Light’s work.

NLACS is also working on initiatives to provide HIV positive women and widows with additional income generation projects. 

Nutritional Support:

NLACS provides a monthly food basket to HIV positive families based on a needs assessment. NLACS provides additional food support to families with HIV positive children to meet nutritional requirements, which help to improve health and well being of these children and their participation in educational aand recreational activities.

Educational Support:

NLACS understands the importance of education for all of our HIV infected and affected children. Therefore we will provide school fees, materials and uniforms to two school going children. We also work to support our members in further educational attainment.