Health and Nutrition

Targeted Intervention for Prevention of STI/HIV Transmission among IDUs in New Bhopal.

Mahila Chetna Manch has undertaken the Targeted Intervention (TI) Project in focusing upon Injecting Drug Users (IDUs) since 2008.

The project is supported by National AIDS Control Organisation under NACP III. Madhya Pradesh State Aids Control Society is the state level agency to administer the grant and provide regular support.

The vulnerability of IDUs towards acquiring or transmitting HIV is high as they face twin risks i.e through sharing injection paraphernalia and through sexual contact. MCM is reaching out to IDUs and their partners through outreach services by providing harm reduction services behaviour change communication and helping them to adopt safer behaviour, injecting as well as sexual to reduce risk of HIV transmission or acquiring. This is supported by services of Annual Report 2011 - 12 Mahila Chetna Manch 22 counseling, abscess management and basic STI treatment and provision of commodities – needle, syringes and condoms.

During the year more than 400 IDUs of New Bhopal were provided with referral linkages with Integrated Testing and Counseling Centre for testing seropositivity and ART cen tres for needed treatment. MCM also supported positive IDUs, linked them to positive people’s network.

Learning Site - EHA Global Fund Round 9 HIV IDU Grant
Mahila Chetna Manch was recognised as a Learning Site and a Sub - Recipient of Emmanuel Hospita l Association (EHA) which is the Principal Recipient of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM) Round - 9 India HIV - IDU Grant. EHA has entrusted the responsibility to train the peer educators of IDU TIs of Madhya Pradesh and Chhattis garh, on Harm Reduction and other operational components for improving their efficiency.

Objectives of Learning Site

  • Strengthening the harm reduction programme in MP and Chhattisgarh by improving individual an institutional capacities and implementing qu ality assurance system for harm reduction.
  • Improving access to services for Female Injecting Drug Users and sexual partners of IDUs.
  • Introducing (on trial basis) re - integration and after care services for IDUs.

During the period from October to March five trainings are conducted in which 75 peer educators were trained in MP and two trainings were held in Chhattisgarh in which 52 peers participated. MCM team also conducted 11 supportive supervision visits in the field to follow up the training and provide mentoring support to the peer educators.
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