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Targeted Intervention Programme, Azamgarh

The Organization is successfully running the Targeted intervention programme in Azamgarh district under the able guardianship of UPSACS/NACO since 2008 The organization has been involved in providing care and support, addressing stigma and of course successful intervention through co-operation of ASHA/ANM/ANGANWADI WORKER.

Under the Targeted Intervention following activities are undertaken:

Behaviour Change Communication:

This component involves understanding and assessment of individual and group practices/behavior which can pose risk to HIV infection.

Development of context specific strategies/activities to address the risk of infection through peer counseling, counseling through counselors, creating enabling environment to reinforce safe practices. The Peer educators/ peer leaders and Out Reach Workers/ Health educators lead activities under this component through one-to-one sessions and group sessions among the community. Information Education and Communication (IEC) materials are developed to further augment behaviour change.

Access to services for treatment of sexually transmitted infections (STI)

This component is aimed at improving access to STI services as STI (both symptomatic and asymptomatic) pose greater risk for HIV infection.

Access to STI services is provided through three different approaches i.e. Project Based Clinics, Fixed day and time Fixed time out reach clinics and Referral clinics either with private or public facility. Also health camp based approach is adopted for interventions working with migrants.

All IDU projects are required to establish a static clinic within the DIC for abscess management, STI treatment and treatment of common physical co-morbidities. Where as FSW and MSM TIs would have their DICs attached to project office or as decided in the contract. The migrant TIs would have 3 DICs in place preferably at the worksite, residences and project office or as decided in the contract. Under TI budget there is provision for one part time doctor and one ANM / Counsellor per TI.

  • Provision of commodities such as condoms, needle and syringes and lubes to ensure safe sex/injecting practices
  • Enabling Environment through structural intervention The interventions focus on creating an environment which facilitates access to information, services and commodities by the high risk groups. The interventions carry out advocacy with key stakeholders and ellicit their involvement in the HIV prevention programme
  • Linkages to ICTC, ART, Community Care Centre, RNTCP Programme, Government OST centre, Detoxification services (for IDU projects) . Some of NGO projects working with IDUs may be required to implement Opioid Substitution Therapy directly in addition to the other preventive services