The PLHIV-ART Linkage System (PALS) is a web based, real time, case-based information system for People Living with HIV. It enables information capture for each individual, and data linkages across facilities, districts and states in India. Aggregated information at each level, helps identify trends and monitor the epidemic. PALS was developed by the National AIDS Control Organization (NACO), with technical assistance from the Presidents Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) – US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and implementation partners including the Voluntary Health Services (VHS), FHI360, WHO and others.
This assignment carried out to develop a knowledge product on PALS for larger dissemination; by documenting its key features and its success stories and lessons learned. The key objectives are:
Approach & Methodology
Given the objectives of the assignment, interactions with the key stakeholders, desk review of documents including analysis of secondary data was undertaken. The details from the interactions, field observations and desk review formed the basis for this document.
|Key Stakeholder Interactions||
Field visits in 3 states
State level officials
Based on the research & documentation, following recommendations were made: