AIDS is the leading infectious cause of adult deaths in the world and it has affected almost every country including India. The valuable lessons learnt in different countries show that HIV/AIDS can't be tackled by the government alone; it requires a broad multi-sectoral response. Within this partnership, NGOs are also making significant contribution in HIV/AIDS prevention and care. So far India is concerned, National AIDS Control Organisation recognizes the importance of NGOs' participation and involved them in all activities for the implementation of National AIDS Control programme. However, is an exclusive reliance on NGOs a viable solution? Will NGOs be able to discharge their duties properly with limited finance? Are the beneficiaries happy with the services of NGOs?
This book is a modest attempt to discuss all these issues. It intends to focus on NGO response to HIV/AIDS in India in general and West Bengal in particular. The case studies of various NGOs reflect the initiatives, programme execution strategies, successes and challenges faced by them in combating HIV/AIDS. The book highlights the significant role that NGOs can perform and a critical appraisal of their ability in the context of globalization. This book will be worth and useful for the government, NGOs, funding agencies, academicians and researchers in designing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating HIV/AIDS programmes.