Name of the Project: Addressing the HIV and SRH needs of informal migrant workers of Chennai Metro Rail Limited

Supported / funded by   : JTF

Duration: 1st October 2012 to 30th September 2014

Goals Empowered and knowledgeable migrant workers leading healthy and productive lives, contributing to reduction in incidence of HIV in India and stigma and discrimination faced by key population including people infected and affected by HIV/AIDS.

Objectives: To increase access to HIV and SRH information among construction workers of Chennai Metro Rail Limited by 75% by March 2014. To increase utilization of HIV and SRH services by migrant construction workers to 50% by March 2014.

Locations / Branches involved: Chennai in Tamil Nadu

Brief description (100 words): The HIV epidemic in India is diverse with predominant heterosexual transmission across India except for some parts, especially in the north east (Manipur and Nagaland). The epidemic is concentrated among high risk groups (FSW, MSM and IDU) and bridge population (truckers and migrants). The focus of the programme has been to break the chain of transmission through sustained awareness generation and safe behavior practices. The "Asian Epidemic model" provides the rationale for such services that targets the core high risk groups and so called the bridge population.The migrant interventions are more difficult due to the nature of people. Thus, the national programme is looking towards partnerships with various NGOs and private Sectors.

Any noteworthy / special comment or case studies/ stories:

The Branch successfully got the permission from the CMRL authorities and the construction companies to implement the project activities in the 10 selected labor camps. After getting the permission the Branch constituted a mobile team consisting of counselors & Lab.Tech .They started visiting each camp twice a month. The Branch has so far conducted 160 Health camps in the 10 selected labor camps during the reporting period. The camps were conducted regularly on the designated days, without any interruption, even during rains. As the staff was regular in attending the camps, they were able to make 7087 interpersonal contacts with the migrant workers. . Among them 5803 were new workers and 1284 were repeated contacts. This means our counselors were able to contact almost all the workers staying in the 10 labor camps numbering 6000. Through these interpersonal contacts our counselors had imparted information on HIV/AIDS and SRH to all the workers.


Result/ progress/ impact (if any) ( 100 words)

Fifty construction workers/supervisors from ten camps sites were trained as Peer Educators and they contacted 3737 workers and distributed 4662 pieces of condoms and 929 ORS packets. 25 Video Shows & 30 Health Education sessions were conducted in the camp sites.  At the camp sites a mobile van consisting of medical officer,counselor,lab technician provided SRH-HIV services to the workers.  794 workers accepted VCT and VDRL services. 828 were screened for hepatitis B and 129 were vaccinated  .3139 RTI/STI prevention counselingservices were given and 2481 workers have under gone risk assessment counseling.  More than 5000 IEC Materials related to HIV & SRH were distributed during IEC sessions.The branch developed partnership with - Chennai Health Education and services (CHES), Chennai positive Network ,Thiruvallur District positive Network and Women positive Network.

Mr.TakeshiOsuga , Minister Political, Embassy of Japan in India visited construction sites and residential site of construction workers and observed the work done by FPA India. Mr.Osuga appreciated the hard work put in by the staff to fulfill JTF objectives and ensured local Japanese consulates full cooperation.



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