Out of the estimated 2.31 million people living with HIV in India in 2007, 57% were found to be living in rural areas. This emphasised on the need for an intensive rural-based intervention for reaching out to the neglected groups that mostly remain uncovered.
In order to saturate the reach of HIV related services to high risk groups (FSWs, MSMs and TGs) and the bridge population (Truckers, Migrants, Youths, & other Vulnerable Populations such as Sexual Partners of PLHIVs) based in rural India, NACP Phase III (2007-12) designed and launched nation-wide Link Worker Scheme exclusively for the rural population.
Link Worker Scheme aimed at building capacity of rural communities and equipping them with HIV related knowledge to combat the epidemic.
In Uttar Pradesh the project was implemented by HLFPPT in 12 vulnerable districts under the guidance of NACO and with financial support from Uttar Pradesh State AIDS Control Society (UPSACS). HLFPPT provided techno-managerial support to 12 partner NGOs as District Implementing Agencies (DIAs) to execute the project in 12 vulnerable districts of UP (Etawah, Deoria, Mau, Bahraich, Gorakhpur, Kushi Nagar, Azamgarh, Lucknow, Gonda, Basti, Jaunpur and Pratapgarh).
HLFPPT implemented the project in four phases, namely – Phase I from October'12 to March'13, Phase II from April'13 to August'13, Phase III from September'13 to November'13 and finally Phase IV from December'13 to March'14.
During the FY 13-14, continued its efforts on – Strengthening CBOs to sustain impact of the project, and Dissemination of its learning.
LWS at a Glance
Innovations: Under the project, HLFPPT initiated Comprehensive Education Programme (CEP) for all DIAs to strengthen and update their knowledge on the subject of HIV/STI.