PROGRAMS: AIDS AWARENESS & PREVENTION
When this program was launched in 2002, it was with the overall objective to strengthen processes to promote economic development of women and to create an environment for social change to improve their quality of life and this way promote their empowerment. The identification and selection phases targeted the destitute and vulnerable that didn’t receive any fair treatment like prostitutes and unmarried mothers.
This initiative was undertaken by PRAYAS after an HIV-positive person came to the organization seeking help. Following the incident, PRAYAS began to engage in HIV/AIDS prevention activities. The main thrust is today on educating the community about the disease. The financial support receives support from Gujarat State AIDS Control Society (GSACS) & technical support from Project Support Unit, which is involved in AIDS-related issues across Gujarat. The basic issues addressed under the initiative are:
The promotion of safe sexual practices and the minimization of the High Risk Behaviour (HRB) among the core groups- Commercial Sex Workers (CSW) & MSM.
The creation of a movement on prevention of such diseases and more generally, on health (infection and pregnancy) and hygiene related issues.