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The India Health Action Trust (IHAT) was established in 2003 to improve public health in India and abroad by extending proven techniques, insights and principles pivotal to the success of the University of Manitoba’s and Karnataka Health Promotion Trust’s projects. IHAT specializes in providing comprehensive technical assistance and training in programme planning and management. With emphasis on incorporating science in programme design and monitoring, it aims to maximize both efficacy and efficiency of interventions.


Programme Science is best defined as the systematic application of theoretical and empirical scientific knowledge to improve the design, implementation and evaluation of public health programmes. The endpoint of Programme Science is the population level impact on incidence of infections, by optimising the choice of right strategy for the right populations, at the appropriate time, by doing the right things the right way, and by ensuring appropriate scale and efficiency (James F Blanchard and Sevgi O Aral, 2011).



With the University of Manitoba’s (UoM) Centre for Global Public Health, IHAT has assisted the national governments of Bhutan and Sri Lanka to initiate and scale up HIV prevention. IHAT manages the designated Technical Support Unit (TSU) for the Karnataka State AIDS Prevention Society. It has provided technical assistance to government agencies in Maharashtra, Bihar, Rajasthan, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, and Goa. IHAT has also received support from UNICEF and Save the Children India, for projects in Rajasthan to protect infants from HIV, to provide life skill education for adolescents, and to provide community outreach services to rural children.

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Recognizing IHAT’s strong management and human resource capabilities, the National AIDS Control Organization (NACO) identified IHAT as a technical consultant for setting-up a technical support unit (TSU) in Karnataka.

IHAT is effectively deploying its experience and learning to support the HIV/AIDS intervention programme in Karnataka by providing technical support to the State AIDS Prevention Society. Since 2007 in areas like targeted intervention (TI), capacity-building, and strategic planning. The primary objective of the TSU is to support the development and implementation of HIV/AIDS strategies, especially provide support to the targeted intervention initiatives in the state and provide technical support.



Karnataka Health Promotion Trust (KHPT) Karnataka State AIDS Prevention Society (KSAPS)
Department of Medical Health & Family Welfare
- Govt. of Uttar Pradesh
National Health Mission Ministry of Health & Family
Welfare, Goverment of India