This is an Report of the West Bengal Voluntary Health Association’s project, “HIV/AIDS Mainstreaming in Darjeeling District” sponsored and supported by Mennonite Central Committee India. The Annual Report covers the activities which commenced in April 2015-2016.
HIV/AIDS Mainstreaming among the HIV/AIDS infected & affected people.
Objective of the Project
· To disseminate the right concept among the PLHIV regarding the HIV/AIDS.
· To disseminate the right concept among the family members of PLHIV regarding the HIV/AIDS.
· To aware the PLHIV as well as the family members regarding the services available in Govt. level for PLHIV and develop confident to take the services.
· To develop the skill & confidence of the PLHIV to maintain their health, hygiene & protection form Opportunistic Infections.
· To develop confident among the PLHIV to act as general people without stigma & discrimination.
· To build up network with the different stakeholders/CKI’s (Community Key Influencers).
Strategy of Implementation
· Conducted different training, meeting, awareness Programme. Social/community events.
· Provided Medical, Educational and Nutrimix supports.
· Conducted need & request Based programmes.
· Through networking with different govt. & non govt. sectors.
· Provided Income Generation Programme (IGP) Support among the HIV infected people.
· 9 Gram Panchayats in Rajganj Block of Jalpaiguri District.
· 14 added ward of Siliguri Municipal Corporation (under Rajgunj block).
· PLHIV has been build up their skill & gain confidence to maintain health, hygiene and importance to regular take the ART medicine.
· PLHIV’s family members are now taking proper care and support to PLHIV.
· PLHIV’s, are now in close contact with different service providers like Jalpaiguri Society for People Living with HIV/AIDS, ART Centre, Panchayats, & other service providers to access their rights.
· PLHIV are now ready to participate in social events & share their views with each others.
· Through intake of Nutrimix (supplementary food) seems to be very fruitful as per the BMI of PLHIV.
No. of People Benefited
· 345 no. of project participants have been Trained & sensitized
· 3 no. of project participants were running Income Generation Programme.
· 843 no. of participants were attended in different awareness programmes & community events.
· 17 no. of participants have been received Nutrimix (Supplementary Food) support.
· 65 no. of participants have been received Emergency Medical Supports.
· 17 no. of participants have been received Education Supports.
· District Health & Family Welfare Dept., North Bengal Medical College & Hospital, Dept. of Agriculture, Govt. of West Bengal, Block Development Officer, all 9 Gram Panchayats, ICDS etc.
· Minister in Charge, Dept. of Tourism, Govt. of West Bengal.
Sustainability issues and concerns
· The project participants have built-up their skills & capacity for how they will live a normal life in future with the help of different service providers.
· Mental Health problems are increasing day by day so the need of intervention is felt by the team.
· The staff members of HIV/AIDS project have gained knowledge, skills from this project which will be helpful for them in future.