STREET LEVEL INTERVENTION FOR AIDS AWARENESS AMONG GENERAL POPULATION IN GUWAHATI CITY

This project has been very successfully implemented in Guwahati City in Assam . The need to conduct awareness programmes at street level for the general polulation was because the AIDS messages through public hoardings and signboards did not mean much for the people on the street as many among them hardly gets the message or do not understand these messages and group of Outreach Workers have conducted regular awareness programmes in various parts of the city in a participatory manner using IEC materials. This generated a lot of interest among the general population at the street level and there was always a very interesting and busy question and answer session after each session in the street . The project was initially supported by the State AIDS Cell, Govt of Assam for a year in 1997-98. The programmes are organised in busy places of the city like Bus stations, railway stations, market places, Autorickshaw stands, in front of cinema houses and other busy public places.

The project has been revived with support from the State Department of the US Government from 1st October 2002 in Guwahati City of Assam .

SMALL FAMILY NORMS PROJECT

This Reproductive Health project funded by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Govt. of India was implemented by APS at Lokhra, Kamrup District, Assam with active involvement of the community and the support of the Lokhra Health Centre in Kamrup district of Assam . Women from the community were involved in implementation of the programme who were trained under the project . More than 500 eligible couples were provided Family Planning services under the project .

TELEPHONE HOTLINE COUNSELING SERVICES FOR HIV/AIDS

"NACO -APS AIDS HOTLINE "- For the first time in North East India , a Telephone Hotline Counseling Services Project for HIV/AIDS has been initiated by APS & supported by National AIDS Control Organisation . NACO- APS AIDS Hotline with Toll Free Telephone number- "1097 " being operated by AIDS Prevention Society in Guwahati City serves the need of the young people to access to information related to HIV/AIDS. There is a general need felt by the population specially the youth for a centre with services which could provide counseling as well as provide correct and simple information regarding HIV/AIDS in a user friendly environment safeguarding the confidentiality of a client. The project was started from 1st July 1998. APS have obtained two Telephone Connection and the Toll Free Number "1097" from the Department of Telecom. This line provided callers with information related to HIV/AIDS including counseling, STD Treatment facilities, HIV testing facilities, HIV/AIDS care and support services etc. Thousands of callers benefited from the services provided by four counselors in the project.

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