PCI has been working in India since 1997, focusing on low-income, vulnerable and hard-to-reach populations.
PCI began operations in India in 1997 and maintains a diverse portfolio, working in both rural and urban settings in the areas of integrated health and community development with programs focusing on low-income, vulnerable and hard-to-reach populations, especially women of reproductive age and children. PCI is currently focusing on achieving sustainable impact at scale by integrating its community mobilization and empowerment approaches into local government strategies and systems. This will help ensure that millions of vulnerable women, children, families and communities throughout India have the ability to advocate for, access and utilize quality health, nutrition, family planning and sanitation services and information for generations to come.
India is the second most populated country in the world, home to over one billion people. Despite dramatic economic growth in recent years, more than 279 million Indians live on less than $2 a day (World Bank). Trapped in a vicious cycle of poverty, too many families live in dire circumstances, and many children are forced to work instead of attend school. India is struggling to eradicate preventable diseases such as polio and an estimated 2.1 million Indians are living with HIV/AIDS (UNICEF).
Children + Youth Empowerment
Recent Program Highlights
Building local capacity in HIV/AIDS
Building on our successful PATHWAYS program, PCI’s CDC-funded PRATIBHA (Project for Accelerated Technical Assistance and Integrated Capacity Building for HIV/ AIDS) project provided technical assistance to India’s Department of AIDS Control to strengthen the capacity of public laboratories, specifically the 13 National and 117 State Reference Laboratories. These laboratories are responsible for quality assurance of HIV testing for nearly 20 million clients tested annually at over 16,000 integrated counseling and testing centers throughout the country. PRATIBHA interventions include capacity building of laboratory staff on quality control in the labs, strengthening supervision and mentoring support to peripheral testing facilities, and promoting an accreditation favorable environment. By the end of the project, PCI had placed 63 laboratories in the accreditation cycle (applied and accredited), achieving 126% of its overall project target (50 laboratories). The HIV reference laboratory network supported through PCI-PRATIBHA reaches approximately 20 million people annually.
Regional Focus: PCI works nationally with offices in New Delhi and Patna.
Technical Expertise: Maternal & Child Health, HIV/AIDS, Orphans & Vulnerable Children, Economic Empowerment, Local Capacity Strengthening