India HIV/AIDS Resource Centre
National AIDS Control Organisation
Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India

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

1.     Strengthening of DAPCUs Steps so Far (2011)

2.     DAPCU Training Modules (2010) - a: Facilitator Manual, b: Participants Handbook

3.     Case Studies from DAPCU Series (2011-13)

4.     DAPCU Operational Guidelines (Nov 2012)

5.     National Report Social Welfare Schemes in DAPCU Districts (Nov  2012)

6.     National report - Supply Chain Management in DAPCU Districts (March 2012)

7.     Report on Human Resources at the District (Oct 2011)

8.     District Specific Campaign Proposal Templates and Annexures (April 2012)

9.     National Compilation of District-wise Asset Status (Sep 2012)

10.   Self Assessment of DAPCUs (Nov 2012)