Name of the Project: Building Momentum for Sexual and Reproductive Health and HIV Integration in India

Supported / funded by – IPPF- SARO through European Union

Duration– January 2011 – June 2014

Goals - The project will contribute:

       To MDGs 5 and 6 and significantly increase uptake of both HIV and SRH services, especially  for women, young people, people living  with HIV  and marginalized groups

       To the fulfillment of international commitments for SRH – HIV integration in the ICPD, the Glion Call for Action and Political Declaration on HIV and AIDS

Objectives:

To advocate for SRH - HIV integration in the operations of the CCM (Country Coordinating Mechanisms) of the Global Fund in India, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Iran, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka

Locations / Branches involved – implemented by FPA India - HQ

Brief description ( 100 words)

The project is committed to advocacy efforts for SRH and HIV integration. The project has four major components – country team, technical assistance hub, small grants to CSOs and advocacy

Any noteworthy / special comment or case studies/ stories

An issue brief on SRH – HIV Integration has been developed with recommendations for: (i) Policy makers and National Program Managers; (ii) SRH and/or HIV Service Providers; and (iii) Community Groups and Networks of People Living with HIV.

 

In this project it has been able to form the country team, which includes representatives from – (a) the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, (b) National AIDS Control Organization, (c) Country Coordinating Mechanism Members and CSOs working SRH and HIV, (d) representative of key populations, (e) National Youth Coalition and (f) youth representatives.

 

Capacity Building programs:Five workshops; namely on (i) Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) and HIV Integration; (ii) Gender Equality and Mainstreaming; (iii) Project Proposal Development and (iv) Project Budgeting and Financial Management were held in Delhi.

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

The learning from the capacity building workshops has shown positive outcomes. During the follow up workshops held in 2013, one of the networks has been able to integration family planning counseling at the Integrated Counseling and Testing Centre (ICTC) and incorporate screening of cancer cervix for antenatal mothers and PLHIV women who access PPTCT/ICTC services.

 

“An eye-opener that two issues could be integrated to save resources and increase impact. NYK can include such sessions in our regular youth interaction programme… two kinds of support provided to us –technical expertise and second IEC support.” (Representative from Nehru Yuvak Kendra)

“This forum introduced us to like-minded organisations working with young people. It has opened doors for us to collaborate with them. We hope that we can share new research and interventions with each other.”(Representative from International Youth Centre, New Delhi)

 

One of the CSOs working in the district of Bihar has integrated HIV counseling services in their SRH health centers and has been motivating the pregnant women and their partners for HIV testing. Few CSOs are planning to revise their policies and guidelines and including “SRH – HIV integration” because of the benefits - focus on human rights, meaningfully involve people living with HIV;foster community participation;reduce stigma and discrimination, and recognize the centrality of sexuality.

The project staff has been sharing these experiences and learning at different fora – experience sharing meeting Elizabeth Glazer Pediatric AIDS Foundation and PMTCT’s, private – NGOs, various ‘dialogues’ organized by the European Union (EU) – India to share experiences, perceptions and ‘analyze’ as possible, among EU-funded civil society partners engaged in HIV and/or SRH work, from various angles, mainly advocacy, service delivery and/or capacity building. In the first quarter of 2013 another meeting ‘Kolkata Dialogues’ was organized by EU and the lessons learned and key findings of the project was shared.

As commented by one of the participants “… heard about some pilot projects on SRH-HIV Integration but first time attended such meeting. We received conceptual clarity on linkage and Integration of SRH –HIV Services; an important and responsible issue for youth population” [Indian Committee of Youth Organizations (ICYO) representative].

 “Useful and informative … field level through various activities among young people. While we are implementing AEP in schools of Tamil Nadu, we now can tweak the programme to include informing them of the need for integrated SRH services. The advocacy tools and the information provided will pave the way for an innovative programme will pave the way for an innovative programme to bring about healthy change in society” – Youth participant

 

Another achievement of this project is Building Human Resources: The capacity building programs on different themes – SRH – HIV Integration, Gender Mainstreaming and Equality, Project Proposal and Financial Management and Budgeting has helped the service providers. The participants have shared or organized similar programs in their respective agencies. Few of them submitted project proposals at the local level too.

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