VOLUNTARY COUNSELING & TESTING CENTRE
Pakistan Youth Organization had run a project of "Voluntray Counseling & Testing Centre" with the name of Behtar Kal Centre from March-06 to June-08 with the support of Marie Stopes Society, Ministry of Health and Global Fund for AIDS, T.B and Malaria (GFATM).
After the funding ended from the donors, Pakistan Youth Organization running this project on Self help basis with the support of Punjab AIDS Control Program (PACP).
Behtar Kal Centre is located in DHQ Hospital, Gujranwala and providing the services of Counseling for Behavior related health issues and Testing of HIV/AIDS and STIs. It also creates awareness about HIV/AIDS, its modes of transmission and preventions from this disease through its centre based counseling services and also through the outreach services of counseling and awareness creation activities along with distribution of IEC Materials. All the services are free of cost for everyone.
MISSION OF BEHTAR KAL PROGRAM
To prevent for becoming of HIV/AIDS as an epidemic disease in Pakistan by addressing the bridging and general population in the country.
Provision of quality counseling services for behavior related health issues including sexual behaviors & testing of HIV free of cost
Centre based and outreach BCC & IEC activities
Development of referral mechanism for the clients to the centre and from the centre for counseling, testing, treatment and follow-up to the centre and other services present in the country
Special emphasis to population with risky behaviors i.e. men on move, industrial labor, migrant workers, youth, STIs patients and people living with HIV/AIDS
Testing of HIV/AIDS and some STIs and their treatment through STIs medications and ARV Therapy
Advocacy and Awareness at all levels i.e. Government & non-Government departments, political leaders, religious leaders, media, teachers, medical and non-medical services, Hakims, homeopaths, quakes and local leaders
Injecting Drug Users (IDUs)
Men on Move
Youth (In school and out of School)
People Living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA)
ACTIVITIES UNDER BEHTAR KAL (VCT) CENTRE
All the Behtar Kal team works very hard to achieve the given targets. Many important activities are arranged which proved very effective and fruitful to promote the Behtar Kal Program in the city and increase not only the awareness about prevention & control of HIV among general population but also improve the client flow for taking services from the centre. Following are the major events:
Awareness Sessions with Female Nursing Students
Awareness Sessions with Truckers (Men on Move) at Truck Stands
Awareness Sessions with Injecting Drug Users (IDUs)
Awareness Sessions with the Families of IDUs
Awareness Sessions with Industrial Labor
Stake Holders Meetings
Co-ordination Meetings with different NGOs
Advocacy Seminars with Political Leaders
Advocacy Seminars with Religious Leaders
Advocacy Seminars with Doctors
Meetings with Support Group
Lectures on HIV/AIDS, its Modes of Transmission & Preventive Measures with College Students and Teachers
Snaps of Advocacy Seminar and Stake Holder's Meeting under VCT Centre