HIV/AIDS

Awareness and Intervention

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Objectives

  • Prevention of HIV/AIDS through education, medical camps, counseling and referral services
  • Promote Holistic health among the target communities
  • Prevent Infant and maternal mortality through safe health practices
  • Prevent disability due to lack of immunization
  • Ensure hygienic surroundings in villages
  • Elimination of denial, stigma and discrimination of PLWHAs and creation of supportive community structures
  • Ensure nutritious and chemical-free vegetables and herbs at home and in the farm

Activities

  • Preventive Health Education
  • Formation of Health Clubs
  • Health Awareness through children (Child to Child Approach)
  • HIV / AIDS – Preventive Education & elimination of denial, Stigma & Discrimination
  • Income Generation Activity for PLWHAs
  • Promotion of Herbal garden and Indigenous system of Medicine

Achievements

  • Serving as the District Health Resource centre for a state level health network organization called ‘Tamil Nadu Voluntary Health Association’, Chennai
  • Appointed as the District Facilitation Centre for HIV/AIDS and Indian System of Medicine Projects in Nilgiris District
  • Facilitated a district level network for the People Living With HIV/AIDS
  • Hygienic health practices introduced at the individual and community level
  • All Children and Pre and post natal mothers are immunized
  • Kitchen garden is maintained in majority of the houses
  • Village Health Clubs organize health camps and trainings
  • Education on HIV / AIDS is given in all villages among all sections of people
  • Campaign and advocacy initiated for prevention of stigma & Discrimination
  • 84 People living with HIV / AIDS receive solidarity, care & support and counseling services
  • Native Medicare is practiced by the families

Care and Support for the Persons Living with HIV / AIDS

Island Trust has been extending care and support services to People Living with HIV / AIDS since 2004. Island Trust was prompted to take up the C & S services because of its direct experience with PLHIV in its working villages. The condition of PLHIV was very pathetic because of large scale stigma and discrimination meted out on the PLHIV by the communities. Island Trust adopted the following strategies to address stigma and discrimination issue and render proper care and support services to the PLHIV:

Strategies

  • Awareness Generation (spreading of scientific information) among the public / village communities about HIV / AIDS
  • Sensitization on the Plight of HIV / AIDS among the community leaders, religious leaders and opinion makers at the village level
  • Organizing seminars for the Community Based Organizations and Civil Society Organizations
  • Formation of community level support groups for the welfare of PLHIV
  • Orientation training to the Health Care Providers ( Physicians, Traditional Healers, ANMs and Lab Technicians) against discrimination
  • Organizing convention of the People Living with HIV / AIDS
  • Campaign and Advocacy with Legislative, Judicial and Bureaucracy to ensure the rights of the PLHIV
  • Providing Care and support (medical, psychological, nutritional, social and educational support) services to the Infected / Affected persons.

Community Care Centre (CCC) for PLHIV

A short stay home for the PLHIV is being run by Island trust in Ooty, the district head quarters with the support of Tamil Nadu State AIDS Control Society. The objective of the CCC is to provide medical, counseling and nutritional care to the PLHIV who are in need or referred by the Government ART Centers (Anti Retro Viral Therapy Centres). The PLHIV at the CCC are attended to by one full time Allopathic Doctor, three staff nurses, one counselor, four outreach workers and two helpers. The project coordinator and the accountant are taking care of the administrative matters and the social rehabilitation of the PLHIV. As at the end of August 2010, 274 PLHIV have received Care and Support from the centre. Nearly 70% of them are Women HIV positives / Widows. 16 children are also on our care and support. Island Trust provides not only institution based care but also community based care with its own resources. Every PLHIV is followed up after their discharge from the CCC and assisted with their social care which ensures enjoyment of their fundamental rights, right to Life and Dignity and getting welfare services from the Government system. The quality services provided to PLHIV at the centre and outside has fetched a good name for the Centre and it has been graded as one of the best 9 centres in Tamil Nadu.

Link Workers Scheme

This scheme is an effort to build a community- centred model for rural areas to address HIV prevention, care, support and treatment requirements in the district. The specific objective of the scheme is to reach out to High Risk Groups (HRG) and vulnerable Men and women in rural areas with information, knowledge, skills on STI / HIV prevention and risk reduction. The project which is implemented with the support of AIDS Prevention and Control Project (APAC) of Voluntary Health Services is taking up efforts to prevent HIV / AIDS in 120 highly vulnerable villages in the district. The project assists HRG people living with STI and refers them to Government Health Departments to get adequate treatment to prevent HIV infection. As an extraordinary measure, Island Trust organizes HIV / AIDS awareness camps during the annual flower, fruit and vegetable shows in the festival grounds. Thousands of youngsters and others visit the stalls and get scientific information on HIV / AIDS and expert counseling.

10 Comments

  1. Hi I am willing to work in this project. Kindly reply me.
    Regards
    Dr.Kannan Arunachalam
    Coimbatore
    9894553800

    • Respected Doctor Sir,
      Greetings from Island Trust. Sorry for our belated acknowledgement. I am really happy about your interest in working with our trust in HIV / AIDs intervention area. Please mail me your ideas and availability to our people. Since you are living in Coimbatore, you can extend your valuable service to our community people in a flexible manner. Please call me when you are free. My mobile: 94880 – 71079
      Yours sincerely,
      M.L. ALPHONSE RAJ, Managing Trustee

  2. Hi Mr.Dr.Kannan Arunachalam thanks for your willingness and we will be contacting you shortly.

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