"HIGHWAY HEALTH MANAGEMENT PROJECT " (HHMP)

APS has successfully completed the first phase of three years (January 1997- December 1999) of this ambitious project which is the first of its kind in the country. It is unique in the sense that three partner NGOs of the region APS, Bosco Reach Out (Legal Holder) and National Alliance Mission are jointly implementing this project as a network where Primary Health and Family Welfare Services are integrated with HIV/AIDS prevention and STD prevention and Management covering major areas along the highways in Meghalaya along the National Highways 37,40 & 44. The project is implemented covering a distance of over 300 Km covering the population residing along the highways and within one kilometer on either side of the highway with special emphasis on women , children and youth and also the mobile population on the highway including Truckers and helpers . Seven Health Centres have been established in Meghalaya- Khanapara, Byrnihat, Nongpoh, Umsning, Laitkor, Sohryngham & Mawdyngkeneng . The project funded by CORDAID of the Netherlands have been monitored by their Consultants and impact evaluation was done by YRG Care , Chennai. The project has also completed the baseline survey as well the final survey at the end of the phase which showed very encouraging results. The project subsequently continued after completion of first phase in a bridge period for the year January 2000- March 2001 and is continued for another three years as the second phase from April 2001 as North East India Highway Health Programme ( NEIHHP).

RAJIV GANDHI WORKFORCE FOR PREVENTION, CONTROL AND MANAGEMENT OF AIDS IN NORTH EAST INDIA

The objective of this project is to impart training on Prevention, Control & Management of HIV/AIDS/STDs to GPs (General Medical Practitioners) and NGOs (Non Governmental Organization) in North East India & encourage establishment & make available a mutually supportive network of GPs (General Medical Practitioners) and NGOs (Non Governmental Organization) in North East India and to facilitate the actual collaborative process in establishing the network. The area of operation are in the States of Assam, Meghalaya and Mizoram. The project is supported by National AIDS Control Organisation ( NACO) & Rajiv Gandhi Foundation .

APS has completed the first phase of the project in which, five training workshops under the project were organized for the General Medical Practitioners and Non Governmental Organizations of Guwahati ,Assam and Shillong, Meghalaya . 90 GPs & 60 NGOs were trained under the first phase. The second phase of the project in several other towns in Assam, Meghalaya and Mizoram have already been initiated since August 2002 . APS has conducted under the second phase of the project , two training workshops for 30 GPs & 30 NGOs of Nowgong town in Assam . APS is also planning to implement a Mobile Counselling Project in the urban slums of Guwahati & Shillong providing services on HIV/AIDS to the slum dwellers of the cities through the network of GPs & NGOs established .

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