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REHABILITATION OF WOMEN AND GIRLS AFFECTED BY TRAFFICKING, HIV / AIDS IN COIMBATORE DISTRICT UNDER UNDP – TAHA

To prevent trafficking of girls combined with prevention of HIV/AIDS in Coimbatore, the United Nations Development Programme has selected COODU. COODU has organised advocacy activities and undertaken preventive measures through SHG members – volunteers and in association with health Police and Judicial officers. With the support and assistance of UNDP- TAHA project, COODU has undertaken Rehabilitation of women and children affected by trafficking, HIV/ AIDS by carrying out the following activities.

  • a. Mapping of High Risk areas
  • b. Selection and orientation of Peer Educators
  • c. Community sensitization programmes through Street Theatre
Total Population Covered Total direct persons benefited
Male Female Women Children Men
3500 7600 7600 6500 3500
  • d. Women SHG sensitization activity
No Name of the Block No. of SHGs participated Total women members
1 S.S.Kulam 67 938
2 Thondamuthur 125 1750
3 Perianaickenpalayam 56 784
4 Tirippur (Special) 129 1878
  • e. School going girl’s sensitization
No Name of the Block No. of girl children participated
1 S.S.Kulam 750
2 Thondamuthur 1650
3 Perianaickenpalayam 850
4 Tirippur (Special) 2050
  • f. Adolescent girl sensitization
No Name of the village No. of adolescents participated
1 S.S.Kulam 85
2 Thondamuthur 110
3 Perianaickenpalayam 60
4 Tirippur (Special) 158

HIV/ AIDS PREVENTION, CONTROL, CARE AND SUPPORT

HIV/ AIDS activities form an important component of development within COODU’s development framework. COODU has offered a wide range of services on the HIV/ AIDS continuum beginning with prevention efforts, moving over to referrals for treatment and diagnosis and has provided care and support services through the TANSACS-supported COODU Community Care Centre for You (C4U).

In Coimbatore district alone, COODU has undertaken a wide range of intervention efforts among different target groups that include students, teachers, government departments, and the general public. It has also conducted awareness campaigns and assisted in implementation of BSS among high risk behaviour groups such as truckers, commercial sex workers, IDUs, MSM, male and female industrial workers, slum populations and others.

COODU had now embarked on providing Care and Support services through its 10-bedded facility for People Living with HIV/ AIDS (PLHAs) covering a wide spectrum of activities including basic services – food and nutrition, shelter; education services - treatment literacy and treatment adherence; psycho-social services - counselling and referrals; medical services – diagnosis and treatment for Opportunistic Infections and drugs/ medicines and referrals for Anti-Retroviral Therapy (ART); recreational services – resource-cum-documentation centre for PLHA with facilities such as television, DVD, audio players and indoor games; bereavement services – assisting in funeral of PLHA; psychological support to PLHA and their families. The project focuses on reducing stigma and discrimination and enabling PLHA lead better quality lives through proper care and support. Focus is on Yoga. Medication and Psychological counselling for improving life span and reducing mental agony faced by PLHA.

Among the project personnel appointed in COODU Community Care Centre, most of the staff are People Living with HIV/ AIDS (PLHA) thus adhering to the principles of Greater Involvement of People with AIDS (GIPA). This indicates that PLHA are being empowered by COODU and integrated into planning and making decisions that have a direct influence on PLHA.

MAINTENANCE OF PUBLIC CONVENIENCES

With shortage of sanitation workers, the Corporation of Coimbatore was unable to properly maintain public conveniences and therefore approached COODU to facilitate in maintaining 81public conveniences in 3 zones. COODU engaged urban SHG in maintaining the public convenience.

WORLD AIDS DAY PROGRM

World AIDS Day Programme was conducted every year in Coimbatore city by COODU involving youth and students. Mobile rally was conducted in the city with youth on motorcycles and bicycles distributing leaflets.

MODEL CLEAN VILLAGE CAMPAIGN (CVC) UNDER TSC AND SGRY

Under the centrally sponsored Total Sanitation Campaign(TSC) and SampoornaGraminRojgarYojana(SGRY), Model Clean Villages have been established by COODU in the following villages in Coimbatore district:

Chinniampalayam, Sulur Block Arasur, Sulur Block
Appanaickenpatti, Sultanpettai Block Kaniyur, Sulur Block
Kalangal, Sulur Block Ashokapuram, S.S. Kulam Block

CONSTRUCTION OF INDIVIDUAL HOUSEHOLD LATRINES (IHHL)

Women masons were trained for construction of IHHL. Grants and subsidies were made available for needy households and 100 percent toilet construction was achieved.

SCHOOL SANITATION PROGRAM

As part of the Clean Village Campaign, school sanitation activities were also undertaken. School headmasters and teachers were provided with training and encouraged to teach children the importance of hygiene and sanitation. COODU facilitated in construction of Toilets in schools and provided with water facilities. All village children were encouraged to use footwear and wash hands before and after eating/ using toilets. The children were seen as a good medium to spread the message of sanitation to the elders in the village.