HEALTHY HIGHWAY PROJECT

AIDS Prevention Society has been implementing the STD/HIV prevention project for Truck Drivers, helpers and sex workers at Beltola-Basistha area along the NH 37 in Assam, India supported by DFID, British High Commission since July 1997 in the project area from Jalukbari to Jorabat along the NH 37 in five halt points - Jalukbari, Lokhra, Beltola, Khanapara and Jorabat extending over a distance of 40 Kms . The target audience include - Truck drivers, helpers, women who sell sex along the highways and secondary stakeholders.

The project continues to provide - I) health education to the target population - the truck drivers, helpers sex workers and secondary stakeholders with emphasis on Behaviour Change Communication (BCC), ii) provision of effective STD diagnosis and treatment with all the components of Syndromic Management of STDs at two static health centres and iii) establishment of an effective network of condom distribution outlets and a network of referral services .

To improve providing STD services in the region and to tap all the missed cases the approach has been expanded to include frequent Mobile Clinic cum Health Camps and organising Health Melas besides the two health centres/clinics and service providers ( local pharmacies) referral network.

Upto 1999 , the project covered out reach to 1,20,498 truck drivers, helpers, sex workers and secondary stakeholders who were intervened through BCC. The project provided STD treatment to 10,801 cases in the period under the syndromic case management principles with all its components and counselling and made good quality condoms available through 40 condom outlets and distributed 9,08,387 pieces of condoms. Besides the two health centres STD coverage was also much improved by frequent Mobile Clinics cum health camps four times in a week and health melas once every month in each halt point. Beyond this geographical area the intervention for the truckers have been supported as a component of the Highway Health Management Project(HHMP) as mentioned under the concerned project .

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