Family Planning Association of India (FPAI), Nagaland Branch, completed two years of implementing the Japan Trust Funded Project, covering 951 Injecting Drug Users (IDUs), People Living with HIV (PLHIV) and their sexual partners to access Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH). The two years project, from April 1, 2008 till March 31, 2010, concluded with an experience sharing programme held at LCS Building Kohima.
Working under the theme “expanding access to information and services to key population” FPAI Nagaland Branch provided services of SRH such as STI/RTI/UTI treatment, contraceptives, ANC/PNC and Safe Abortion to spouses of IDUs and WLHIV, and also OI treatment for PLHIV and HIV/HBV/HCV/VDRL testing with counseling to the key population namely the IDUs, PLHIVs and their sexual partners. Information on HIV was also disseminated to the key population through field staff at the outreach setting.
To empower the key population through skill-building as one of its purposes, Self Help Group consisting of Women Living with HIV (WLHIV) was formed to motivate their development skills whereby a total of 40 persons from key population were trained in wax modeling.
The groups also took initiative in organizing support group meetings every month to provide psychosocial support amongst themselves.
A computer learning programme was also launched with an intention to develop their computer skills among the key population. However, it could not produce effective results.
The FPAI also conducted various sensitization programmes with physicians to strengthen their referrals, and also a drive to reduce stigma and discrimination towards with the key population.
Seventeen doctors from the private and government sectors in Kohima were contacted with write-up and one to one interaction. Refresher and in-house trainings were held for FPA staffs, whereby a total of 47 FPA staff and 37 volunteers were trained during the two years project period.
A total of 59 community HIV awareness programmes were also conducted both in rural and urban areas for mass awareness. Roadside HIV and AIDS Campaign was a success.
As part of the project, trainings and orientation was organized with police personnel at two police stations and six check posts in and around Kohima town to sensitize them on discriminatory practices faced by IDUs and PLHIVs.
About 91 police personnel were reached out, and 31 volunteered to go for HIV testing.
In its completion of a two-year project, the FPA India Nagaland Branch will start an upgraded project for two years under Japan Trust Funded Project starting from April 1 2010.
Branch Manager Vincent Belho said that the new project will focus on positive prevention with special emphasis on the PLHIV. He said that more NGO interaction and coordination meeting would be held and urged for the cooperation of all NGOs and other stake-holders.
Belho said that the association had learned hugely and been able to consolidate their position through the two years project. He further said that the effort they put added with efficiency would help them work greater for the people.