Orientation training on cotrimoxazole prophylaxis for SMOs, MOs and counsellors of all Integrated Counselling and Testing Centre (ICTCs) was conducted on July 21 and 22, organized by Nagaland State AIDS Control Society and supported by UNICEF. Altogether, 52 SMOs, MOs and 59 counsellors participated the training.
Dr. Neiphi Kire, Project Director NSACS addressing the inaugural programme said that cotrimoxazole prophylaxis treatment was recommended by WHO (World Health Organisation) for all infants exposed to HIV until their status was confirmed. Cotrimoxazole provided by NACO through NSACS and with support from UNICEF was distributed to all ICTC centres in Nagaland.
According to the report issued by NSACS, Kohima, HIV infection followed more aggressive course among infants and children than among adults, with 30% dying by the age of 1 and 50% by the age 2 years without access to life-saving drugs, including anti-retroviral theraphy and preventive interventions such as Cotrimoxazole Prophylaxis. It also stated that cotrimoxazole was an antibiotic and cotrimoxazole prophylaxis was one of the essential interventions for infants and children who were exposed to or have HIV.