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1 Indian Red Cross Society - Rustomji Billimoria Bel – Air Hospital Indian Red Cross Society Response to the HIV/AIDS pandemic in Maharashtra Mrs. Homai N. Modi Hon. Secretary Indian Red Cross Society Maharashtra State Branch

2 Indian Red Cross Society - Rustomji Billimoria Bel – Air Hospital OPD Block

3 Indian Red Cross Society - Rustomji Billimoria Bel – Air Hospital HIV/AIDS: Present Indian Scenario About 2.5 to 3 million adults infected with HIV in India 38% are women 57% are in rural areas Six high HIV prevalence states in South and North Eastern regions including Maharashtra Figure Source: NACO Annual Report, 2003

4 Indian Red Cross Society - Rustomji Billimoria Bel – Air Hospital HIV/AIDS Scenario in Maharashtra Maharashtra is one of the first and worst hit states in the country. Major labour force for the financial capital of India Mumbai, comes from the rural parts of the state. This labour force is exposed to Red light areas and also to HIV as they are living alone away from their families. National Highway connecting important cities like Mumbai, Pune, Mangalore, Bangalore and Chennai passes through various districts in Maharashtra with major halts in smaller towns. Large number of female sex workers along the highway catering to truck drivers.

5 Indian Red Cross Society - Rustomji Billimoria Bel – Air Hospital HIV Trends in Maharashtra NACO

6 Indian Red Cross Society - Rustomji Billimoria Bel – Air Hospital HIV Trends in Maharashtra NACO

7 Indian Red Cross Society - Rustomji Billimoria Bel – Air Hospital HIV Trends in Maharashtra NACO

8 Indian Red Cross Society - Rustomji Billimoria Bel – Air Hospital History of Bel Air Founded by Dr Billimoria in 1912 as a TB Sanatorium Handed over to Red Cross Society in bedded hospital with 150 staff including 24 doctors and 60 nurses. Well equipped Pathological Laboratory, CD4 Count Machine, Operation Theatre with Laparoscopy, X-ray-USG Machines, ECG, ICU, 24 hours Emergency, etc. It also has a Naturopathy and Ayurveda Centre.

9 Indian Red Cross Society - Rustomji Billimoria Bel – Air Hospital 1994 Bel-Air started getting HIV patients from Bel-Air admitted HIV patients and did their best to treat them at a time when the country had no experience. There was no support from the Government. ART was not available. Free food and treatment made available.

10 Indian Red Cross Society - Rustomji Billimoria Bel – Air Hospital The Society was resistant. Families abandoned their patients. Bodies were not claimed. Even cremation was difficult. Bel-Air staff were forced to wash the municipal crematorium after cremation of the HIV positive bodies. High levels of stigma and discrimination

11 Indian Red Cross Society - Rustomji Billimoria Bel – Air Hospital Bel-Air started sending doctors to various HIV/AIDS international workshops and trainings to places like Bangkok, Europe etc. since no expertise was available in the country. Nurses, counselors and other staff were also trained.

12 Indian Red Cross Society - Rustomji Billimoria Bel – Air Hospital Endorsements 2002 Penguin publishes Positive Lives by Kalpana Jain, with a few stories on the lives and experiences of HIV positive patients at Bel-Air.

13 Indian Red Cross Society - Rustomji Billimoria Bel – Air Hospital 2003 Dr.Sr.Rosily, M.D. with eight years experience working with HIV/AIDS patients in Ghana, West Africa, joined Bel- Air. Completed Fellowship in HIV medicine from Christian Medical College, Vellore.

14 Indian Red Cross Society - Rustomji Billimoria Bel – Air Hospital Endorsements 2003 The President of India Honble Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam visits Bel-Air.

15 Indian Red Cross Society - Rustomji Billimoria Bel – Air Hospital Mrs. Homai N Modi, Hon. Secretary, Indian Red Cross Society, Maharashtra State Branch, receives the President

16 Indian Red Cross Society - Rustomji Billimoria Bel – Air Hospital President at Bel-Air

17 Indian Red Cross Society - Rustomji Billimoria Bel – Air Hospital Endorsements 2003 UNAIDS proposes Bel-Air as a Public Private Partnership Model.

18 Indian Red Cross Society - Rustomji Billimoria Bel – Air Hospital Patients admitted and treated at Bel-Air YearH.I.V.TB Total

19 Indian Red Cross Society - Rustomji Billimoria Bel – Air Hospital HIV OPD YearNo. of Patients till March1841 Total23038

20 Indian Red Cross Society - Rustomji Billimoria Bel – Air Hospital Surgeries Bel-Air started Orthopaedic, Gynaec and General Surgeries for HIV patients way back in Laparoscopic surgeries started in 2008.

21 Indian Red Cross Society - Rustomji Billimoria Bel – Air Hospital Ayurvedic Centre Bel-Air has a full fledged Ayurvedic Centre which provides alternative medicines and yoga therapy to HIV patients also.

22 Indian Red Cross Society - Rustomji Billimoria Bel – Air Hospital Endorsements 2006 Director of Bel-Air nominated as member of the Country Coordinating Mechanism (CCM) of the UN Global Fund against AIDS, TB and Malaria(GFATM).

23 Indian Red Cross Society - Rustomji Billimoria Bel – Air Hospital Endorsements 2007 The Director of Bel-Air nominated as the Chairperson of the Technical Resource Group (TRG) on Community Care Centres (CCCs) of National AIDS Control Organisation (NACO) Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India.

24 Indian Red Cross Society - Rustomji Billimoria Bel – Air Hospital Endorsements 2007 A special Report on Bel-Air by (National Public Radio) USA. Website link :

25 Indian Red Cross Society - Rustomji Billimoria Bel – Air Hospital Bel-Air College of Nursing 2006 The first nursing program in India with a focus on HIV/AIDS. The first Nursing College in India with a collaboration with an American University. Identified by Indian Nursing Council & NACO to train nurses in HIV. 118 students currently in three batches.

26 Indian Red Cross Society - Rustomji Billimoria Bel – Air Hospital Bel-Air College of Nursing 2006 University of Illinois Collaboration for - Faculty exchange - Student Exchange - Curriculum - Joint research activities - Participation in seminars and academic meetings - Exchange of academic materials and other information. - Special short term academic programs. - Professional development programs.

27 Indian Red Cross Society - Rustomji Billimoria Bel – Air Hospital 2006 Support from Minu K. and Mehroo M. Patel Endowment Fund for Advancement of Nursing in India Bel-Air Benefit Foundation, Chicago. Ribbon Foundation, Chicago.

28 Indian Red Cross Society - Rustomji Billimoria Bel – Air Hospital 2006 Bel-Air National Training Institute Center for Disease Control (CDC), Atlanta and International Training and Education Center on HIV (I-TECH) Seattle, Washington, commits to provide technical support to Bel-Air.

29 Indian Red Cross Society - Rustomji Billimoria Bel – Air Hospital 2007 Bel-Air National Training Institute Global Fund Round VI Bel-Air selected to train Community Care Center (CCC) nurses in the states of Maharashtra, Chatisgarh, West Bengal, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Orissa, Gujarat, Bihar and Uttar Pradesh.

30 Indian Red Cross Society - Rustomji Billimoria Bel – Air Hospital 2008 Bel-Air National Training Institute Indian Nursing Council identifies College of Nursing for training of nurses from all over India in HIV/AIDS.

31 Indian Red Cross Society - Rustomji Billimoria Bel – Air Hospital 2008 Bel-Air National Training Institute Indian Red Cross Society National Head Quarters selects Bel-Air for a Care and Support Program in Pune, Nashik and Kolhapur Districts with the help of German Red Cross.

32 Indian Red Cross Society - Rustomji Billimoria Bel – Air Hospital Bel-Air a National Training Institute Bel-Air has trained 804 doctors, 220 nurses, 41 health workers 57 counselors and 81 faith leaders in HIV/AIDS management.

33 Indian Red Cross Society - Rustomji Billimoria Bel – Air Hospital Successful in creating an environment free of stigma and discrimination in the hospital Larger society accepting HIV without discrimination. International schools in Panchgani send their students for treatment to Bel-Air. Acceptance of positive patients by their family members. Most patients recovering and going back to lead normal productive lives. Bel-Air - A Success Story

34 Indian Red Cross Society - Rustomji Billimoria Bel – Air Hospital Bel-Air - A Success Story Levels of stigma and discrimination have reduced drastically in the community. Awareness on HIV prevention in the community has increased specially among the youth. Students from Panchgani schools mingle with patients regularly. Positive patients regain their confidence and dignity. 25 HIV positive co-opted as staff. Unprecedented unique model in the country.

35 Indian Red Cross Society - Rustomji Billimoria Bel – Air Hospital Future scope Bel-Air is a potential training center for doctors, nurses and other health care providers from South and South East Asia in HIV/AIDS.

36 Indian Red Cross Society - Rustomji Billimoria Bel – Air Hospital Contact Details Mrs. Homai N. ModiProf. Minu K Patel & Dr. Mehroo Patel Hon. SecretaryBel-Air Benefit Foundation, Indian Red Cross Society(312) Fax:(312) Maharashtra State Branch Tel: Fax: yahoo. co. in Father Tomy K. MCBSDr. Manohar Jethani, Director Ribbon Foundation, Chicago, Bel-Air Hospital 1977, Quincy Ct, Glendale HTS, IL – Mobile Tel: Tel: – / Fax: vsnl. com Website:

37 Indian Red Cross Society - Rustomji Billimoria Bel – Air Hospital THANK YOU


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