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Centre for Social Reconstruction
Centre for Social Reconstruction
Centre for Social Reconstruction

HIV / AIDS

Promotion of awareness on HIV/AIDS:

Assitance:

This project is being implemented with financial assistance of USAID-APAC-VHS and TANSACS since 1996.

Objective:

The objective of the project is to extend promotive, preventive and curative services with the intention of effecting behavioural changes among Women in Prostitution. The change of behaviour among women will make them participate effectively in the prevention of STD/HIV/AIDS.

Focus on:

Women in Prostitution, their partners and those associated with them like auto drivers, lodge boys, etc..

Target Area :

The targeted area for intervention is Nagercoil, Kanyakumari and Thuckalay blocks of Kanyakumari District.

Activities:

Promotion of Peer Education:

From among the existing peer educators, a few efficient and dynamic peer educators were selected as senior peer educators. They play a dynamic role in motivating and monitoring the peer educators in their mission of educating their colleagues. To structurally co-ordinate the process and make the activities more effective, the target area was divided into six clusters and the sex workers were also co-ordinated and federated accordingly. Each cluster has 15 peer educators and two super peer educators.

STD care:

The sex workers were motivated by the peer educators and the counsellors to periodically undergo medical check up and treat any disease at an early stage. They were followed-up regularly and counselled and motivated for behavior change in terms of ensuring the use of condom during every sexual intercourse and they were enabling to develop condom negotiation skills.

Condom promotion:

Condom promotion was a major strategy adopted to prevent STI/HIV/AIDS among the women in prostitution. Some of the activities carried out to this effect are condom demonstration, promotion of condom negotiation skills, free distribution of condoms, social marketing of condoms, establishment of non traditional condom outlets etc..

Counselling:

Community based counseling centers were promoted at places accessible to the WIP. The focus of the counselling was to motivate the WIP and their clients for behaviour change in terms of correct and consistent use of condom and treatment seeking for STI.

Over the years, the intervention among the WIP has proved that if motivated and guided, the WIP will definitely adopt behaviours conducive to prevent the spread of STD/HIV/AIDS. Nevertheless the need for intervention continues as new WIP and new clients enter into the field. With the active guidance of CSR for some more time, the Senior Peer Educators and the Peer Educators will be in a position to continue the work initiated by CSR.

Prevention and Control of STD/HIV/AIDS among CSWs:

Assistance:

This project is supported by the financial assistance of the Tamil Nadu State AIDS Control Society.

Objective:

The overall objective of the project is to effect the behavioural changes among FSW, MSM and IDVs. This is effected through identification of peer educators. The behavioural changes are effected by means of counseling and group sessions.

Target area:

Agastheeswaram, Rajakkamangalam and Killiyur Blocks in Kanyakumari District.

The major components of the intervention are:


The STD clinic and counselling centres are functioning at Nagercoil and Mulagumoodu. The FSWs identified were referred to the clinic for early and complete treatment. Medicines were given free of cost.

As days pass by, the peer educators assume more and more responsibilities and exhibit greater involvement and interest in working for the prevention and control of STI/HIV/AIDS among the CSWs.

Community Based HIV/AIDS Care and Support:

Assitance:

HIV/AIDS care and Support project started in 2001 with the financial and technical assistance of Alliance India. This project period was from 2001 to 2012.

Objective:

To provide care and support services to persons living with HIV/AIDS (PLHA) and children affected by AIDS (CAA). It also aims at creating linkages with institutions and philanthropists to support hem and their family members

Target area:

12 panchayaths around Marthandam area in Kanyakumari District

Activities:

The major activities of the project are:


In the planning and implementation process of the programme, the community based organizations such as women Self Help Groups (SHGs), youth clubs, fan associations, religious organisation and village committees took active part. With their dynamic participation, it was easier to facilitate the change process.

A cadre of community-based volunteers were trained and motivated to extend the basic and practical help needed for the PLHA. By providing the nursing care, bed care and nutrition support, they contributed a lot for home based care. Due to this intervention, there was a tangible improvement in the health status of many PLHA.

In the planning and implementation process of the programme, the community based organizations such as women Self Help Groups (SHGs), youth clubs, fan associations, religious organisation and village committees took active part. With their dynamic participation, it was easier to facilitate the change process. A cadre of community-based volunteers were trained and motivated to extend the basic and practical help needed for the PLHA. By providing the nursing care, bed care and nutrition support, they contributed a lot for home based care. Due to this intervention, there was a tangible improvement in the health status of many PLHA. As the result of the efforts taken by CSR in establishing linkages and mobilizing support from other systems, many good things including government support took place for the PLHA.

  • HIV/AIDS
  • Child Rights
  • Micro Credit
  • Social Welfare
  • Women Empowerment
  • Health Services
  • Relief & Rehabilitation