HIV/AIDS intervention program for truckers (1998-2006)

After Industrial workers Lokmanya found that the Truck Drivers are known to be potent carriers of HIV/AIDS due to numerous reasons, The survey in 2006 proved that 40% of Truck Drivers are susceptible to HIV/AIDS. Lokmanya is strategically located near National Highways, Expressway and Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Area with 12 transit points encouraged us to undertake Targeted intervention for TRUCKERS, a pilot project on “HIV/AIDS and RTI/ STD intervention for TRUCKERS “on NH-4 was undertaken during 1996 to 2006 to provide onsite treatment for RTI/STD, AIDS

Surveillance and Counseling, Condom distribution and to disseminate information related to HIV/AIDS. The program is sponsored by Ministry of Shipping, Road Transport and Highways. Over 15000 Truckers have been benefited from this program.

Targeted Intervention Programme For 10,000 Migrants Sponsored by Maharashtra State AIDS Control Society, Mumbai under NAPC III Programme.(2008-2010)

Lokmanya identified the areas where the potent carrier of HIV/AIDS is at higher level was Migrant population. Lokmanya Along with Maharashtra state AIDS Control Society, Mumbai under the NAPC III Programme had undertaken a project in PCMC,Pune district , under the project name “TARGETED INTERVENTION PROGRAMME FOR 10,000 MIGRANTS”. The target group of the project was Single, Nuclear & High Risk Migrant Workers from Chikhali, Morevasti area which is known to be a migrant population area from North India. The Goal of the project is to halt and reverse the prevalence of HIV/AIDS among the Migrant population and to provide quality services for their sexual needs in Pune, Maharashtra.
The main objective of this project is Mapping and Enumeration of the Migrant Population, Increase awareness regarding STI, HIV and AIDS by initiating BCC activities, to promote (through social marketing)the effective usage of condoms, to provide early diagnosis, counseling and treatment / referral to people with STI and HIV.

Activities taken under this project

  • Advocacy meetings with stakeholders, High Risk Group
  • Behavioral Change Communication
  • Awareness Programmes
  • RTI \STD Screening Camps
  • Establishing Referral Network

Peer education is one of the most widely used strategies to address the issue of HIV/AIDS. Peer involvement is an effective way of reaching communities and affecting change in community.
Voluntary members of the community who received Peer Education and training from the NGO to deliver education on Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) and HIV/AIDS were registered as Voluntary Peer Leaders (VPLs) and they were encouraged for Spreading culturally sensitive messages on HIV/AIDS, STI/STD and Condom usages

Promoting Condom Use :

Lokmanya collaborated with Hindustan Latex Family Planning Promotion Trust (HLFPPT) to supply condoms of improved quality to the areas of intervention for its Social Marketing activities which are focused on improving accessibility, availability and affordability of condoms for the high risk groups in the TI Project intervention areas of Chikhali&Morevasti. This has led to increase in sale & distribution

Stake Holder Meeting were conducted regularly with Shopkeepers, Canteen Owner, vegetable vender, medical store shopkeeper, Tailoring shopkeeper, Workshop Owner ,Hotel Saloon Owner at the field level

Street Plays Performances were conducted to convey messages on HIV/AIDS and STIs in overt and covert form. It was followed by script writing on different topics to be covered surrounding the subject of HIV/AIDS.

AIDS Awareness Rally Conducted During World AIDS Day

Promotion Of RTI\STD Quality Health Services :

Lokmanya has established On Site STI/STD Clinic for improving quality services for Syndromic management of STI & STD. Counselling Centre and STI Clinic was inaugurated at the august hands of Dr. M.C.Nagre, Civil Surgeon in presence of Dr. Ingle,District AIDS Programme Coordinator, Mr. SachinPawar, District Coordinator

(Pune, MSACS), Dr. V.P.Joshi,Medical Director and Staff of Lokmanya.
Main outcomes shows out of the 6053 ( 22859 covered ) population

  • RTI \ STI patients screened : 6053
  • RTI\ STI Patents treated : 567
  • HIV positive : 15 Patents referred to ART Centre

Model District Reproductive Child Health Project

Model District Reproductive Child Health Project covering 35,000 population of Urban Slum was undertaken Since 2003, with a special emphasis on Health Education & HIV/AIDS Awareness among Adolescent Girls & Boys. About 700 adolescent Girls & Boys are identified as Peer Educators (Parivartaks) and they were educated regarding the AIDS Awareness and Prevention methods. Innovative approaches like awareness through Folklore, Puppet Show, Street Plays was used as medium of information for slum dwellers and rural area.
As a part of school health programme more that 200 schools have been covered through exhibition on AIDS Awareness and Conducting Essay& Poster Competitions.

Papers Presented And Published

  • ‘AIDS Awareness Programme in Industry’, Indian Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Vol. 8, No. 1, January – April 2004
  • AIDS is your Business A booklet (2005) Authors - Dr. V. G. Vaidya, M. S
  • Cross Sectional study on single male migrant workers in Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation, District Pune’ Joint Annual Conference of Indian Association of Preventive and Social Medicine ( IAPSM) Maharashtra Chapter & Indian Association of Public Health ( IPHA) Maharashtra Branch’.Karad (13th& 14th January 2012 at Karad) & Published in Journal

The efforts undertaken by Lokmanya “ to halt and reverse the spread of HIV\AIDS ”are the pioneering step forward to enlighten corporate industries about the how AIDS affects their productivity, quality, management and future and how to deal effectively with the situation. This was not just limited to employee or the employer but also to their family and the community as a whole. It will be our earnest endeavour to bringmore and more corporatesenagedto our campaign and to make them aware of that