Swagati


Out of the total 2.4 million estimated people living with HIV (PLHIV) in India, a significant 21% are in Andhra Pradesh (undivided state), making it on.

To contribute in containing the growing epidemic in this region, HLFPPT stepped in through a long-term, multi-party intervention titled Swagati. A Telegu word meaning 'self-propelled', Swagati aimed at reducing HIV and STIs prevalence among vulnerable groups residing in nine high-risk districts of coastal Andhra Pradesh (Srikakulam, Vizianagaram, Vishakhapatnam, East Godavari, West Godavari, Krishna, Guntur, Prakasam and Nellore). However, the truth remains that HIV doesn't mean death or end of all hopes. Early diagnosis, timely treatment and adoption of a healthy lifestyle can go a long way in managing the life of a PLHIV and in delaying the advancement of HIV into AIDS (Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome).

Swagati Journey

Started in 2004 with support from Avahan Programme of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF), Project Swagati has been successfully implemented by HLFPPT in a phased manner. Phase I (2004-09) focussed on planning, implementation and refinement of Targeted Interventions for reducing HIV prevalence among the targeted communities. Phase II (2009-14) of the project focussed on making Swagati sustainable, by first transferring its management to the government (APSACS), and then complete transfer of project implementations to Community Based Organisations (CBOs).

Through concerted efforts over a decade, Swagati has evolved from being an NGO-led initiative to a self-sustainable model that is completely owned, governed and managed by the community.

During the FY 13-14, continued its efforts on – Strengthening CBOs to sustain impact of the project, and Dissemination of its learning.

Strengthening CBOs

Organisation Capacity: During FY 13-14, HLFPPT has provided training to 1,471 CBO members on governance and organisation building and has facilitated training of 100 CBO members by District Legal Services Authority (DLSA) as Para Legal Volunteers (PLVs) who can help vulnerable groups get legal support against economic or social discriminations. Economic & Social Entitlements –The project has facilitated 7306 individuals from the Key Population open savings accounts in banks and 1491 individuals avail loans or insurance services from banks, SHGs and cooperatives. Advocacy – To strengthen advocacy for HIV services, all the 12 CBOs under the project have initiated actions with TIs and negotiated with NGO project managers for ensuring that Key Populations avail TI services such as clinical services, STI services, condom services, etc.

Economic & Social Entitlements –The project has facilitated 7306 individuals from the Key Population open savings accounts in banks and 1491 individuals avail loans or insurance services from banks, SHGs and cooperatives.

Advocacy – To strengthen advocacy for HIV services, all the 12 CBOs under the project have initiated actions with TIs and negotiated with NGO project managers for ensuring that Key Populations avail TI services such as clinical services, STI services, condom services, etc.

Dissemination of Learning: Learning Sites – Sangavari – in Chhattisgarh gthening CBOs

To sustain Swagati learning and best practices, NACO entrusted HLFPPT to disseminate best practices and learning to Chhattisgarh, as a part of Avahan S2N Programme. As a part of this initiative, Swagati supported CGSACS/TSU and state TIs through Sangavari (Chhattisgarhi word meaning friendship) Project for a period of 18 months (January 2013 - June 2014).

Performance FY 2013-14

Learning Sites TIs – The project has met 100% achievement in selecting four LS-TIs, with two LS-TIs in Raipur district and one each in Ambikapur and Bilaspur districts. Capacity Building - The project has facilitated LS-TIs develop improvised tools for outreach such as Peer Maan Chitra, Peer Education Kits and IPC tools.

Strengthening Non-TI NGOs - The project has oriented 16 non-TI NGOs to incorporate HIV Prevention in their organisation goal and activities as against its objective of 20 NGOs.

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