India - Supportive Supervision System (SST): Building Local Capacity Towards Effectiveness and Efficiency of Local Organizations

The project focused on effective application of supportive supervision principles in building capacity of Provincial level AIDS Programme in India. The system strengthened the performance of the government agency and in particular Civil Society Organizations involved in managing AIDS prevention and care program at the sub-national level.

National AIDS Control Program is being implemented in India since 1992 after the first case of HIV detected in 1986. One of the major challenges faced by the country, given the scale and rapid nature of the spread of the disease, was capacity of the provincial level departments. Capacities to rapidly respond, initiate prevention and care programmes, achieve scale and coverage and attain impact to reverse the epidemic. Karnataka state that had experienced a sudden spurt in infection rate was experiencing a major challenge in getting their act together for prevention and care program. Indo Canadian HIV/AIDS Program (ICHAP) supported by CIDA brought funding support to the state to improve the capacity of the Karnataka State AIDS Prevention Society (KSAPS). ICHAP approached Swasti to conduct a Capacity Building Needs Assessment in the province which lead to a clear understanding of the capacity gap at various levels to manage the AIDS prevention and care program. One of the key action plans was to set up an institutional mechanism that would support the efforts of the state in managing the prevention and care programmes. ICHAP funded Swasti to set up the system. Swasti floated the concept of Supportive Supervision System to support KSAPS in managing the AIDS program in the province particularly the prevention and care programmes run by the Civil Society Organizations (CSO).

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UNDP Capacity is Development knowledge fair
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Civil society
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Health sector

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