Chandigarh,29.01.18-A five days training program on HIV/AIDS and ART w.e.f 29.1.18 to 3rd Feb 2018 has been organized by Dr Sandhya Ghai, Principal, NINE and Dr Kavita Narang for B.Sc. Nursing interns and B.Sc. Nursing (Post-basic) final year students so that they are trained for creating awareness about the prevention of HIV/AIDS as well as opportunistic infections and to develop skills in the treatment and care of people living with HIV/AIDS. Dr Sandhya Ghai welcomed Prof Jagat Ram, Director PGIMER, Chandigarh on the inaugural session of the training.  Prof. Jagat Ram talked about the gravity of the disease and the role  nurses have to play in prevention of disease treatment and care of the people with HIV.  He also told that HIV continues to be a major global public health issue, having claimed more than 35 million lives so far.  In 2016, 1.0 million people died from HIV related causes globally.  There were approximately 36.7 million people living with HIV at the end of 2016 with 1.8 million people becoming newly infected in 2016 globally.  54% of adults and 43% of children living with HIV are currently receiving lifelong antiretroviral therapy (ART).  
Dr Sandhya Ghai apprised that since nursing personnel are liable to contract disease in the process of providing care to patients, these students will also be educated for protecting themselves as well as others from transmission of disease to them.  She also highlighted the magnitude of  HIV/AIDS worldwide including India.  She said that India has the third largest epidemic in the world and around 2.1 million people are living with HIV.
She further mentioned that India was provided funds –
-For the training of 90,000 nurses and strengthening institutional capacity of 55 nursing institutions in India during 2008-2013 which was further extended till March 2015.
-NINE entered, as sub-Sub-Recipient (SSR), into an agreement with RAK, College of Nursing, New Delhi (the Sub-recipient) in 2010 for implementation of the program with an aim to strengthen implementation of quality care to patients with HIV/AIDS & Tuberculosis which was funded by Global Fund through Indian Nursing Council.  
-We successfully completed 5 years as SSR centre in March 2015.
-Under this project, training on HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis was provided to a total of 1103 Staff nurses, 288 ANMs, 302 Nursing Teachers, 144 Teachers of ANM from Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and Jammu & Kashmir.
-In addition to that, three Nursing Superintendent meets were also organized in which 124 Nursing Superintendents from Chandigarh, Punjab and Himachal participated and they were sensitized regarding this training.
-Since then we are providing this training to our passing out B.Sc. Nursing (4 yrs & post Basic) students.  M.Sc. nursing students undergo online training started by INC.  
-India has the third largest HIV epidemic in the world.
Key affected populations in India are sex workers, men who have sex with men, hijra/transgenders, substance users who inject intravenous drugs, migrant workers, truck drivers.  
She further highlighted that with enhanced knowledge and skills provided  by nursing faculty, who are master trainers, nursing students would be able to provide effective and comprehensive HIV/AIDS prevention, care support and treatment.
Dr Avinash Rana informed about other topics to be covered during the training program i.e.  HIV/AIDS epidemiology, diagnosis and disease progression; Prevention of HIV;  HIV/AIDS & nurses’ role; Stigma & discrimination; Prevention of parent to child transmission (PPTCT) and Pediatric HIV; Infection control and post exposure prophylaxis; Introduction to anti-retroviral therapy; Symptomatic management of opportunistic infections;  Sexually transmitted infections; Counseling for PLHIV; Bio-safety: PEP protocol;   Palliative care, complementary therapies and counseling for PLHIV and Challenges in the care of patients.  
In the end, Dr Neena Vir Singh delivered a Vote of Thanks.