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Project Concern International/India (PCI) - HIV/AIDS Programs

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Positive Action for the Health of People Living with HIV/AIDS (Pathway) provides a Comprehensive community and home–Based care and support for people living with HIV/AIDS (PLHIV) in the high prevalence states of Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, and Andhra Pradesh and in the north–eastern states of Manipur (Churachandpur and Imphal) and Nagaland (Dimapur) in India. PCI works with the National AIDS Control Organization (NACO) to improve and upgrade its Strategic Information System (SIS) and train its personnel in the management of SIS and other skill areas in high demand. It increases delivery of healthcare, psychosocial support, livelihood opportunities to PLHIV and their families, HIV prevention services to community members, community support for PLHIV and their families, increase capacity of local CBOs, NGOs, other private and government institutions to deliver HIV prevention, care and support services and strengthen referral partnership among CBOs, NGOs, other private and government institutions.

Ensuring Mental Health is an integral part of the Pathway program. Yoga, meditation, chanting and laughter exercises have been demonstrated as important lifestyle elements that can improve the health of people suffering from sickness and disease.

One of the most popular classes offered by Pathway is referred to as Yoga Nidra. Yoga Nidra involves physical relaxation and autosuggestion for positive living. A student lies down in the yoga pose of Shavasana (supine position) with eyes closed and listens to an audio cassette which guides the individual in visualization exercises that stimulates the subconscious mind to think positively about one’s physical and mental well–being.

‘Health Education and Life skill Program, Youth HIV Prevention (HELP)’, aims to reduce the vulnerability of children and young people by ensuring access of both girls and boys to HIV/AIDS prevention services. The Help Program concentrates on 33.8% of the population, at the age 15–34 with a specific focus on number of adolescents between the age of 10–19 who are over 230 million. Since October 2005, PCI has been focusing on HIV Prevention among youth in Pune Schools and Colleges and to reduce the vulnerability of children and young people by ensuring both girls and boys access to HIV/AIDS prevention education services. It raises the level of knowledge, awareness and skills of adolescents and youth about HIV/AIDS prevention among students of schools and colleges during a two–year period.

Our past work in HIV/AIDS
MASBOOT (Making AIDS Services Stronger by Enhancing Organizational Outreach through Training) aims at training and building the capacity of Government and non–government stakeholders in the provision of HIV/AIDS services and to improve the quality of those services in Jharkhand.

AWARE (Advancing Ways towards AIDS Awareness and a Right to a Healthy Environment), focussed on working with youth and children living and working on the railway platforms and streets of New Delhi. These children being who are vulnerable to HIV/AIDS were made agents of change to bring about behaviour change among street and working children (SWC) and the community at large, to provide child–friendly HIV/AIDS services and to ensure program sustainability by increased involvement of stakeholders.

Heath Highways project, initiated in 1999 in Jaipur in Rajsthan(India). India’s is one of the largest road networks in the world and an estimated 2 to 5 million long–distance truck drivers and helpers who are at high risk of HIV due to their mobility and tendency to frequent commercial sex workers, yet have little knowledge about HIV and other STIs, and generally do not use condoms. The Project aimed to brings about healthier attitudes and sexual behaviors among truckers, crewmembers and the community along the trucking routes. The program reached out to thousands of truckers and transport workers with vital information, increased access to condoms and STI treatment, and was successful in creating peer–support for more responsible sexual behavior. The project that began on a 30–kilometer stretch but ended with a 145–kilometer stretch of national highway.

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