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HIV/STI Prevention among high- and at- risk populations

SAATHII has implemented several initiatives to increase counseling, testing for HIV, STI and - increasingly - TB, among high-risk and at-risk populations. As of 2018, two large projects are in operation.

Project Subhiksha: An initiative to increase HIV, STI and TB screening among prisoners and those in closed settings such as remand homes and short stay homes. It is being implemented in 11 states of India to establish comprehensive HIV and TB intervention mechanisms towards facilitating access to cascading HIV and TB services by inmates of prisons and other closed settings. The project is implemented in a peer-led intervention model with support of State AIDS Control Societies, under Department of Health and Family Welfare; Prison and Correctional Services under Department of Home; and Women and Child Development Department. The key activities of the project are aimed at (i) providing information and education on HIV, sexually transmitted infections (STIs), viral hepatitis and tuberculosis (TB), (ii) ensuring HIV screening in prisons and correctional settings, (iii) establishing and strengthening institutional mechanisms towards access to comprehensive treatment on HIV, TB and STI, (iii) establishing referral mechanisms for diagnosis and treatment of viral hepatitis, (iv) linking wives of positive inmates and all pregnant women inmates with services meant for prevention of parent to child transmission, (v) establishing linkages on drug dependence treatment including Opioid Substitution Therapy (OST) for inmates living in prisons and other correctional settings.

Project Sahay: An initiative for HIV screening (using online and offline approaches) of at-risk and high-risk groups. See Sahay website for more information.

Completed projects include:

STRC: Strengthening Technical Capacity of NGOs and CBOs Implementing HIV Targeted Intervention Projects- Odisha and Rajasthan

SAATHII worked as the State Training and Resource Centre (STRC) in Odisha and Rajasthan in partnership with the local State AIDS Control Societies (SACS) and National AIDS Control Organization (NACO). State Training and Resource Centres (STRC) are units run by non-governmental organizations in India with support from the country's National AIDS Control Organization (NACO) and State AIDS Control Organizations (SACS) to institutionalize the training and capacity-building process of the Targeted Intervention (TI) programs. These activities addressed the national objective of saturating coverage of core (female sex workers, men who have sex with men, transgender, and injecting drug users) and bridge (migrants and truckers) populations in the country. Read More...

Hifazat Project

AAs per a directive from NACO, some of the STRCs around the country, including STRC Rajasthan, were selected to implement the Injecting Drug Users (IDU) harm-reduction training component of The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM) Round 9 Project Hifazat. SAATHII was a sub-recipient of the Emmanuel Hospital Association(EHA) and covered capacity building of IDU Targest Intervention (TI) NGOs in Rajasthan and Haryana in the harm reduction component. Through Project Hifazat, 20 Outreach Workers were trained on harm reduction. Read More...

Capacity Building of Nurses of Avahan supported Partners

Based on the expected transition process and task shifting for nurses in Targeted Intervention (TI) clinics of Avahan program, the “Capacity building of Nurses of Avahan Supported Partners” project built the capacity of nurses in an effort to sustain the TI initiatives of the Avahan Program. This capacity building project was implemented from June 2011 to March 2012. Read More...

Project Nakshatra: Increasing Access to STI Treatment Services Project

Nakshatra, a public private partnership, was implemented by AIDS Prevention and Control Project (APAC) - Voluntary Health Services (VHS) with the technical support of SAATHII. The project operated in Tamil Nadu to expand access to HIV and STI services for PLHIV and most at-risk populations (MARPs) by involving health care providers from the private sector. SAATHII provided technical assistance by building the capacity of health care providers, system strengthening of the private health facilities, and networking. TANSACS supplied STI syndromic management drugs to the Nakshatra facilities. Read More...

Feasibility of Increasing Uptake and Delivery of HIV/AIDS Services through Multi-Skilling of Front Line Health Workers in West Imphal District of Manipur

NACO, in partnership with UNDP, commissioned SAATHII to conduct a six month Operational Research (OR) study aimed at assessing the feasibility of multi-skilling of front line health workers in delivery of HIV/AIDS prevention services and increasing the uptake of HIV testing and care services. The study was conducted in Imphal West, a district with an area of 558 square kilometers and a total population of 4,39,532 (2001 Census). Imphal West is one of the four valley districts, with an HIV adult prevalence estimated at 0.75%. The OR took place from January to June 2011. Read More...

Rajasthan MSM and Hijra HIV Response Strategy Development

Situational Analysis and Strategies to Upscale an Evidence-Based HIV Response in Relation to MSM, Hijra and Other Transgender Populations in Rajasthan (2007). This project provided technical assistance to Rajasthan State AIDS Control Society (RSACS), Jaipur for developing an HIV response strategy for MSM, Hijra and other male-to-female transgender populations in Rajasthan. Read More...