The National AIDS Control Programme, Phase III initiated a major structural reform with the decentralization of HIV prevention and control program to the district level. As a step towards the achievement of decentralization, District AIDS Prevention and Control Units (DAPCUs) were established in 189 A and B category districts (districts with high HIV prevalence) across 22 states of India. DAPCUs have been trained and mentored to perform the challenging task of coordinating and monitoring of NACP activities and to address program gaps.
The DAPCU teams are expected to take up district specific initiatives, integrate HIV program with formal health infrastructure and mainstream with the line departments in the district. The DAPCUs are led by a District AIDS Control Officer (DACO), who is assisted by a team consisting of District Programme Manager/Officer (DPM), District ICTC Supervisor (DIS), Monitoring & Evaluation Assistant (M&E Assistant) and Accounts Assistant. Detailed roles and responsibilities of DAPCUs are available in the DAPCU Operational Guidelines.Experiences of DAPCUs are available on the DAPCU Blog
Figure 1 DAPCU districts in India
DAPCU related documents
8. District Specific Campaign Proposal Templates and Annexures (April 2012)
9. National Compilation of District-wise Asset Status (Sep 2012)