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.
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
by providing harm reduction
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
Mahila Chetna Manch
counseling, abscess management and basic STI treatment and provision of
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.
Global Fund Round 9 HIV IDU Grant
Mahila Chetna Manch
was recognised as a Learning Site and
l Association (EHA) which is the Principal Recipient of the
Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM) Round
IDU Grant. EHA has entrusted the responsibility to train the peer educators
of IDU TIs of Madhya Pradesh and Chhattis
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
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.