?Drop-In Centres? waiting for funds
THE FATE of three ?Drop-In Centres? run by the people living with HIV and AIDS hangs in balance due to fund crunch. These centres were opened in February in Allahabd, Kanpur and Maharajganj.india Updated: Apr 10, 2006 00:55 IST
THE FATE of three ‘Drop-In Centres’ run by the people living with HIV and AIDS hangs in balance due to fund crunch. These centres were opened in February in Allahabd, Kanpur and Maharajganj.
The aim of the ‘Drop-In Centres’ is that those who are already living with AIDS will counsel those who are visiting these centres. This was done keeping in mind the fact that counselling AIDS patients was difficult for the government officials and the NGOs.
Thus, three cities were chosen to set up these centres which were given money to establish infrastructure for two months. It was decided that the rest of the money would be given once the statements of expenditure for the amount already given to these centres is submitted. It was also decided that UPSACS would monitor these centres.
After two months, the centres are facing financial crunch. Also, the UPSACS, which funded the centres, is finding it difficult to release further funds without the expenditure statements. “Without funds we are compelled to look to other sources or beg before donors so that the centres do not stop functioning,” said Naresh Yadav of the PLHA network.
The UPSACS officials had their own reasons. “We are bound by the NACO guidelines. Though 60 per cent of the money is spent on various programmes, we cannot deviate from the guidelines that demand expense statements,” said Muktha Sharma of UPSACS.
She said that while the expenditure statements were received from Kanpur, the statements from Allahabad and Maharajganj centres would be received soon. After receiving the expenditure statements from all centres, process to give financial aid would be started, she added.
“There should not be any problem as funds are not required for operation of the centres,” Muktha said.
Until the process is over and the amount is handed over, running these centres will depend upon the people living with HIV and AIDS, who are responsible for counselling work, she added.