Micro-planning in Anhdra Pradesh: Ensuring Quality HIV Care for Individuals & Communities

Peer outreach workers (PORWs) in coastal Andhra Pradesh, India, say that they’ve become more confident in their HIV outreach work as a result of training in micro-planning,1 part of a range of skills they learned under the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Samastha Project. One worker who received the training recalls, “We used to go to the villages not sure as to how to approach clients and what to say to them.” Now, she says, she feels confident that she can help vulnerable clients deal with a wide range of problems—including prevention of parent-to-child transmission, early identification of new infections, and timely registration for antiretroviral treatment (ART) at government-run clinics.

Community-based micro-planning was a critical element of the training that Samastha’s PORWs received to prepare them for their work in community-based care and support. Another PORW explains, “Micro-planning helped us to understand the service delivery systems and how we can maximize [clients’] utilization of services.”