Utkal Sevak Samaj implementing the link Worker scheme Project in Cuttack District of Odisha with funding from NACO through OSACS as lead partner. The focus of the project is HIV testing, Follow up of returnee migrants and linkages with government facilities and social services. Linking with the marginalized sub populations to the public health services for STI, ICTC and then their follow up are key areas that are addressed by these link workers.
Link workers scheme is aimed at reducing the vulnerability of the most at risk adolescents, especially vulnerable adolescents and high risk groups in the rural areas as well as mitigating the impact of HIV on those who are already living with the virus.
- Community Development
- Income Generation programs for Poor & Marginalized
- Promotion of Self Help Processes among Women
- Promotion of sustainable agriculture among tribal women
- Strengthening local self Governance and advocacy on rights of marginalized
- Training of Women PRI representatives on their duties and rights.
The scheme aims at reaching out to rural population who are vulnerable and are at risk of HIV /AIDS in a non stigmatized enabling environment.
The Scheme aims at improving access to information materials, commodities (condoms/needles/syringes) through collaborating with nearest TI or government health facilities, testing and treatment services ensuring there is no duplication of services of resources.
The scheme aims at improving linkage to other social and health benefits provided by other line departments in line with local norms, regulations suitable for vulnerable populations.
Covered 49755 people throughout reach activities.
4996 people used services of ICTC and got tested HIV.
Mainstreaming HIV & AIDS activities were carried out with various Departments of Odisha.
One disable (Polio) girl supported through CDMO and got disable certificate and pension scheme although it is beyond this project.
High risk Groups-408 (FSW-319, MSM-58, and IDU-22) Bridge Population: 10851 (Truckers-1868, Migrant Male-8515, & Migrant Female-468), Vulnerable Population: Male-20509, Female-20153, and PLHIV-54.
Case Study:- Migrant and HIV in Kayalapada, a Rural Cuttack
The Services provided under link worker scheme are:
Community outreach to establish Linkages with Services: Link Workers reach out to those vulnerable populations who are not able to access to HIV related services. During these project period 49755 beneficiaries under HRG, bridge and vulnerable population has been covered through different activities. 4996 got tested HIV, 270 clients received STI treatment among them. Around 3000 people reached out through cultural activities and 49755 people through IEC activities.1123 village volunteers strengthened on STI/HIV/AIDS and condom demonstration.
Advocacy: The focus of advocating for availability of quality services and reduction of stigma and discrimination against HRG & PLHIV.11 Advocacy done with PRI members and Block officials on to strengthen social security scheme.
Community Mobilization: Public events such as World AIDS Day, National Youth Day & International Women’s Day organized where 3956 people participated.