STRC: Strengthening Technical Capacity of NGOs and CBOs Implementing HIV Targeted Intervention Projects- Odisha and Rajasthan
SAATHII acts 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 address 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.
Objectives of STRC:
- Building capacities of TI project functionaries to ensure qualitative improvement in their functioning to achieve the objective of prevention of new HIV infections among HRGs and bridge populations
- Ensuring need-based quality training of TI-s as per NACP-III’s technical and operational guidelines
- Developing local resources such as facilitators for trainings and demonstration sites, to ensure that the skill development process is sustained
- Enhancing the capacity of NGOs and civil society organizations in proposal development for NACP funded targeted intervention projects
- Undertaking operational research and learning site development
NACO has developed standard operational guidelines for all categories of TI giving in detail the implementing procedures, staff requirements and financial implications. As the Targeted Interventions are implemented through NGOs, quality and capacity building is required for these NGOs. For improved performance and quality training to different categories of staff working with NGO-s/CBO-s viz. Program Managers, Counselors, Finance Accountants, Outreach Workers, Peer Educators and Link Workers is necessary. These activities are supported by the STRC. The STRC has also identified learning sites that program staff from other TI NGOs could visit, and has carried out operations research on identifying barriers to access and uptake of HIV counseling and test and treatment for sexually transmitted infections.
The STRC has also been selected to implement the IDU harm-reduction training component of GFATM Round 9 Project Hifazat. SAATHII is thus a sub-recipient of Emmanuel Health Association and covers capacity building of IDU TI NGOs in Rajasthan and Haryana in the harm reduction component.
- Number of TIs who Currently Receive Capacity Building from STRC: 66
- Number of Staff Trained from 2011-2012: 524
- Number of TI Projects That Received Training from 2011-2012: 68
- Number of Sites Identified as Learning Sites for the State: 7
- Number of Direct Beneficiaries (2010-2012): 12,47
- Number of Resource Persons Trained in Trainers Workshops: 116
- Indirectly, the trainings reach out to members of Rajasthan’s populations at risk for HIV, including over 6,000 sex workers, over 3,000 men who have sex with men and transgender women, 850 injecting drug users, 30,000 migrants, and 5,000 truckers.
The State Training and Resource Centre (STRC) projects in Odisha and Rajasthan are funded by NACO.