National AIDS Control Organisation (NACO) envisions an India where every person living with HIV has access to quality care and is treated with dignity. Effective prevention, care and support for HIV/AIDS is possible in an environment where human rights are respected and where those infected or affected by HIV/AIDS live a life without stigma and discrimination. For this NACO has taken up measures to ensure that people living with HIV have equal access to quality health services. By fostering close collaboration with NGOs, women’s self-help groups, faith-based organisations, positive people’s networks and communities, NACO hopes to improve access and accountability of the services. It stands committed to building an enabling environment wherein those infected and affected by HIV play a central role in all responses to the epidemic – at state, district and grassroot level. Thus committed to contain the spread of HIV in India by building an all-encompassing response reaching out to diverse populations, NACO endeavours to provide people with accurate, complete and consistent information about HIV, promote use of condoms for protection, and emphasize treatment of sexually transmitted diseases.
NACO believes that people need to be aware, motivated, equipped and empowered with knowledge so that they can protect themselves from the impact of HIV. NACO hopes to halt and reverse the epidemic in India over the next five years through a number of measures one of which is knowledge and information sharing through the IHRC, a digital resource centre which will serve as an E-Resource portal for knowledge management of an effective collection of print and non-print materials on HIV/AIDS developed by NACO and other agencies working in the HIV/AIDS field over the last two decades. These electronic resources can be accessed by organisations and individuals globally, supporting teaching, learning and research while allowing ease and speed of locating information. NACO hopes that the Digital Resource Centre will be a one-stop point where all resource materials on HIV/AIDS can be made available in digital format for access by audiences from India and across the world. For NACO, the Digital Resource Centre will be a repository of all materials developed by NACO, SACS, donor partners, international agencies, UN Agencies, Indian NGOs, research and academic institutions.