Stanzin, over at the Integrated Counseling and Testing Centre is not much better off. She has enough ARVs for patients, but the hep B meds are gone. Women testing positive for both need to be on both meds. And resupplies are in Srinagar. Over the Himalayas. Blocked by snow.
The problem with a really successful mental health program is that the budget for medicines no longer covers the number of patients coming through the door. Dr. Iqbal will run out of meds a good two months before he has the funds to purchase more. Stanzin needs to take the women to Srinagar for viral load testing before more meds are issued.
While its proved that family acceptance results in much better outcomes, "drug therapy compliance" remained difficult. But with once-a-month injectables that issue vanishes and well over 50% of these patients have returned to active community life. In a mental health program that is only 5 years old, and that has gone from a few patients a month to over to 400 this past month and thousands each year, we love the success.
Now. To refill the cabinet before spring.