Mineral Water Plant for PLHIV

Mineral water bottling factory
Mineral water bottling factory. Photo: UNDP Nepal

People Living with HIV (PLHIV) suffer serious health problems as HIV progresses to AIDS alongside widespread stigma and the resulting discrimination. This often seriously undermines the socioeconomic condition of PLHIV and their families as they struggle to cope with the disease and stigma. Today thousands of HIV affected people are receiving drinking water without any hastle. Earlier people did not allow them to use the same source of water such as taps or wells.

Nava Kiran Plus (NKP) is one of the NGOs led by People Living with HIV in Nepal and that has implemented the comprehensive package for PLHIV through the Community Care Center (CCC) in seven districts of Nepal. UNDP Nepal, with DFID grant has supported NKP for this project since 1 February 2006.

Highlights

  • UNDP has enabled the government to undertake two new roles regarding HIV services: the undertaking of the new HIV programme under the Nepal Health Sector Programme 2 and secondly the management of logistics such as procuring HIV services from NGOs.
  • More than 40 representative organizations (IDUs, MSM and migrants) have been empowered to provide their constituents with HIV related services.
  • A National HIV/AIDS Strategic Plan (2011-2016) has been prepared in partnership with UNAIDS. The new plan was launched on World AIDS Day, 1 December 2011.

In 2011, many of the HIV Programme’s partners were very concernedabout how to continue providing services to their beneficiaries, beyond the envisaged DFIDsupport through UNDP, especially considering the delays in contracting the NGOs due to several logistic factors.

UNDP HIV Programme provided innovative support to Nava Kiran Plus to establish a mineral water bottling factory. The project site is at Shivapuri Hills, Budanilkantha, Kathmandu, Nepal. UNDP is the Executing Agency (EA) and NKP is the implementation partner, and beneficiary for this NKP’s Mineral Water Plant project. It is anticipated that setting up the mineral water plant would assist NKP’s effort for sustainable operation of their services in part even after UNDP support to NKP ends.

The mineral water plant installed at NKP’s property has a nominal capacity of 2000 litres per hour of water. To maintain hygiene of the treated water, durability of components, and safety of the production staff, all the wetted surface of the water being treated required to be made of stainless steel of grade SS 304 or better. The installed plant complies with this quality standard. This plant is installed by the Supplier with Certificate of Compliance ISO 9001:2008 for Supply, Installation, and Servicing of Water Treatment Plant Registration No: RQ977/015.

UNDP's support to the national HIV programme has played a crucial role in reducing the rates of infections among the most at-risk groups to put Nepal on target to achieve MDG 6 of having halted by 2015, and begun to reverse, the spread of HIV and AIDS. This has been cruical for preventing the epidemic from taking hold in the general population, which could undermine development across all the MDGs, as has happened in some African countries. The DFID and GFATM programmes have made a large contribution to reducing the spread of HIV and AIDS, caring for infected people and helping gear up the national response to HIV in line with the National HIV/AIDS Action Plan (2008-2011) and the National HIV/AIDS Strategy, 2006-2011. The GFATM grants have been instrumental in equipping Nepal's public health service with the infrastructure, personnel and supplies to respond to HIV and AIDS.