The Odisha State AIDS Control Society (OSACS) is planning a massive drive to create awareness about HIV/AIDS among migrant labourers, who will come home during the festive season of Dussehra–Diwali–Christmas. The campaign will cost Rs 50 lakh.
"Migrant workers return home for a fortnight to a month to celebrate festivals. We will reach out to them through multiple strategies," said joint director in–charge of information, education communication (IEC) at OSACS Tripati Mishra. A preparatory training camp of district–level public health and family welfare officers was recently held here.
Mishra said there will be chain of IEC activities such as health camps for the migrants and their families. "We are targeting 5 lakh people," he said.
Sources said the OSCAS will hold health camps in 11 districts, including Ganjam, Gajapati, Balasore, Balangir, Kendrapada, Cuttack, Nuapada, Kalahandi, Mayurbhanj, Sundargarh and Khurda. Besides distribution of condoms, sensitization by cultural troupes will be undertaken. Around 10 mobile health units will conduct 75 camps each during the three months of October, November and December. Besides, there would be 60 mega health camps at selected places.
Times of India
16 Sep 2013