Free HIV Testing Bus 2018 also known as FTB 2018, is a community based mobile HIV testing service provided to the people of Terai region of Nepal. This project is supported by AIDS Healthcare Foundation and is run in collaboration with National Center for AIDS and STD Control (NCASC) and National Association of People Living with HIV/AIDS in Nepal (NAP+N). In this project, a delivery van is customized to a mobile clinic which moves to the core communities of Terai region of Nepal having minimal health service facility for HIV testing. This project mainly targets the migrant population and their family. Our project has also been contributing in the VISION 2020 of Nepal Government following strategy IRRTTR (Identity, Reach, Recommend, Test, Treat, Retain) to support Nepal Government for eliminating HIV/AIDS as Public Health Problem.
The project from January 2018-December 2018 has been able to provide free access to HIV testing services in vulnerable communities of Terai region of Nepal. In 2018, ‘We’ were able to provide free HIV Testing facilities to 13,257 community people from 12 core districts of Terai region of Nepal. Along with providing testing facility, the modiﬁed testing clinic van was able to spread awareness on safe sexual practices and HIV/AIDS among 25,000 local population of targeted districts through community engagement activities and ‘HIV Testing Song’. The targeted 12 districts Free HIV Testing Bus moved were: