MSACS (Maharashtra State AIDS Control Society) was established with an aim of eliminating AIDS disease completely from the state of Maharashtra. Maharashtra is 2nd largest state in India with population of 100 million and area of3.08 lacs Sq. Km. The State has always remained on forefront in the world inhealth care delivery with a very well knit rural and urban infrastructure. The infrastructure fulfills the norms prescribed by Government of India under model health plan. A comprehensive package of promotive, curative and rehabilitative services are being provided through vast network of rural and urban infrastructure. The first AIDS case was reported from Mumbai in 1986. An implementation of an effective HIV services programme in the state resulted in better understanding of epidemiological scenario in the state.
MSACS has taken measures to ensure that people living with HIV have equal access to quality health services. By fostering close collaboration with NGOs, women’s self-help groups, faith-based organisations, positive people’s networks and communities, MSACS hopes to improve access and accountability of the services. It stands committed to building an enabling environment wherein those infected and affected by HIV play a central role in all responses to the epidemic – at state, district and grassroot level.
MSACS is thus committed to contain the spread of HIV in India by building an all-encompassing response reaching out to diverse populations. We endeavour to provide people with accurate, complete and consistent information about HIV, promote use of condoms for protection, and emphasise treatment of sexually transmitted diseases. MSACS works to motivate men and women for a responsible sexual behaviour.
MSACS believes that people need to be aware, motivated, equipped and empowered with knowledge so that they can protect themselves from the impact of HIV. We confront a stark realty – HIV can happen to any of us. Our hope is that anyone can be saved from the infection with appropriate information on prevention. MSACS is built on a foundation of care and support, and is committed to consistently fabricate strategic responses for combating HIV/AIDS situation in India.