Virtual Resource Center on HIV/AIDS in India
Senior Documentation Officer; Advisor, National Documentation Center, National Institute of Health & Family Welfare, Munirka, New Delhi; NACO Resource Center, National AIDS Control Organization, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Chanderlok Building, Janpath, New Delhi - India
The Government of India established National AIDS Control Organization (NACO) during 1992 as an executive body in the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare at New Delhi. The aims of the body are to establish a comprehensive, multi-sectoral programme for the prevention and control of HIV/AIDS in India. With the first HIV virus detected in 1984, India at present has 5.134 million people living with HIV/AIDS. A number of organizations and individuals are engaged in HIV/AIDS Research in India and NACO is coordinating with them and their research through dissemination of information, communication & education.
Till date, various organizations and individuals have conducted many quantitative and qualitative studies and research, but most of the information is scattered. To facilitate the fragmented spread of the professional work in terms of research reports, technical papers and articles, the NACO has proposed to develop a Virtual Resource Center on HIV/AIDS research in India. The NACO Virtual Resource Center would serve as one point source of authentic, appropriate and viable information in different contents, categories for all HIV/AIDS topics and would built a comprehensive data base of information generated in India in the area of HIV/AIDS and allied areas to facilitate its easy online access and use by the administrators, policy makers, research scholars, health care professionals, programme personnel and general public for formulating better policies, research and programme.
The Virtual Resource Center would be accessible world wide, free of cost for resource sharing through its own Web site www.nacoonline.org with a major ICON namely NACO RESOURCE CENTER and 9 sub-icons i.e. NACO Publications, SACS Publications, IEC Material, Serial Articles and Conference Papers, Thesis and Reports, News Clippings, Directory of Experts, Forthcoming Events and Suggestions. In the first phase, all the information would be available in a bibliographical format except IEC material. Full text would also be provided on request. To make the resource center a sustainable institution, the up dating would be done periodically on a regular basis.