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AAG ANNUAL REPORT

 

AAG ANNUAL REPORT 2005-2006

From The Director’s Desk
(2005-2006)
During this reporting time, the pendulum has swung furiously from side to side – this pendulum also swings up and down. I say this thinking of the HIV/AIDS scenario projected by the various bodies who have climbed aboard the HIV/AIDS wagon. Some project a very rosy picture, and some quite the opposite. Unfortunately, we tend to get stuck on figures that suit us – and now I speak of the figure nationally accepted on the spread of HIV/AIDS as being 5.2 million cases – then there are televised debates which put the figure at 5.7 million  and then we get figures quoted in various news papers as being only in the thousands! And so it goes on!

The fact on the ground is that a lot more people are testing positive than are being put on any list or map. The per capita earning is at such a low level and the inflation at such a high, that populations migrate from the rural areas to big cities in search of jobs and money to stay alive. Families are most often left in the village and the men spend months, sometimes years in enforced celibacy. However, the urge being what it is, they visit sex workers of both sexes, who operate either out of 5 star hotels or from the end of a cell phone, or those unlucky women who get caught or trafficked and are forced to operate from places like the red light areas or from hutments in various slums. Several interventions by the Government with the help of the police have muddied the waters still further by driving the sex workers away from the red light area into the very fabric of our ordinary residential colonies. Here these women cannot be accessed for medical relief or any other type of intervention by any of the organisations working on the issue of HIV/AIDS. To put it quite flatly, we cannot even give them condoms to make sure that safe sex is practised for the simple reason that we cannot go inquiring at every house in Delhi, to establish whether there is a requirement for condoms!

We have migration from one state to another, from one country to another. People (men, and sometimes families), cross over borders and with them, in their luggage, crosses the HIV. Whole families have been infected because of one person who has taken the virus up or down.

The time has come for us all to sit up and take stock of what we are doing to stop these infections in a way that will work. The time has also come for us ALL to examine ourselves and promise to ourselves that THE BUG STOPS HERE. In simple language, all of us need to resolve to get correct information for ourselves and then take this information regarding the modes of infection and how infection can be prevented, to everyone we meet, every man, woman and teenager.

 

Annual Report 2005-2006

AIDS Awareness Group (AAG) was established in 1991 and registered as a Society in March 1994. Its Mission is to contribute towards minimizing human suffering in the field of health, HIV / AIDS and domestic violence. AAG believes that the best method to do this is to focus upon “Prevention though generating Awareness”.

Working ceaselessly for the past 15 years in Delhi, some of the issues that AAG is associated with include:

  1. Creation and enhancement of HIV/AIDS awareness in the general population with a special focus on vulnerable groups like sex workers, their prospective clients, slum dwellers, inmates of jails, migrant labourers and drug users;

  2. Provision of pre-test/post test, follow up and counselling for HIV positive prisoners inside Delhi’s Tihar Jail;

  3. Running a therapeutic community based rehabilitation programme for juvenile drug addict prisoners in Tihar Jail;

  4. Provision of free legal aid and legal literacy to the underprivileged prisoners at Tihar.

  5. Implementation of a programme focusing on health and behaviour change leading to safer sex practices as well as provision of syndromic treatment of STIs for sex workers and their clients on GB Road (the Red Light Area in Delhi); and,

  6. Running an integrated community health and development programme in a resettlement colony at Madan Pur Khader, with special emphasis on enhancing HIV/AIDS awareness and home based care and support;

In a nutshell, therefore, there are three major areas where AAG is working:

 

  • Tihar Jail
  • GB Road
  • Madan Pur Khader

AAG’s Projects: -

At Madan Pur Khader – A Resettlement Colony

 

  • Enhancing awareness on HIV/AIDS and STIs through street corner meetings, street plays and magic shows in self help groups and our vocational training Centres
  • Running an Integrated Life Cycle Reproductive Health Programme, conducting ANC, PNC and Well Baby clinics, and Anaemia correction programme for children and pregnant women along with nutritional correctional programme for them
  • Providing awareness about safe drinking water and distributing chlorine tablets in areas where safe drinking water is not available
  • Forming Self Help Groups (SHG) for micro finance and credit, and using this as a forum for talking on various gender related  and other issues including enhancing HIV / AIDS awareness
  • Organizing vocational trainings for the women and girls and boys (Sewing Classes for the girls and Computer Classes for the boys and girls)
  • Forming children’s groups for extra curricular and recreational activities
  • Motivating school dropouts to continue their education after making tuitions possible for them

Integrated Community Health and Development Project at MPK
Sanctioned by Standard Chartered Bank

Annual Report April 05 to March 06

S.N

Activities

 

 

 

 

 

A.

HIV /AIDS Awareness
Programme

Street Corner
Meetings

Street Play/
Magic Shows

SHG

Clinic

Total

I.

No. of Sessions Held

96

8

283

28

311

II.

No. of Participants

2000
(Approx)

2000
(Approx)

4000
(Approx)

2000
(Approx)

10000

III.

No. of IEC Material Distributed

1000

1000

1500

500

4000

IV.

No. of HIV+ ve Identified

6

1

1

5

13

V.

No. of Condoms Distributed

1125

5000

1020

725

7870

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

B.

Health and RCH Programme

ANC

PNC

STIs

Others

Total

I

No. of Patient(New)

103

2

34

545

684

II

No. of Patients (Follow up)

160

0

14

1088

1262

III

No. of Referrals

0

0

0

58

58

IV

No. of Hospital Deliveries

0

5

0

0

5

V

No. of Sessions Held

10

10

25

29

       69

VI

No. of Home Deliveries

12

0

0

0

12

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

C.

SHG

 

 

 

 

 

I

No. of Groups Formed

 

 

 

 

11

II

Total No. of Members

 

 

 

 

126

III

Amount Collected

 

 

 

 

69887

IV

No. of Bank Accounts opened

 

 

 

 

1

V

No. of Beneficiaries

 

 

 

 

91

VI

No. of Sessions Held

 

 

 

 

283

VII

Condoms Distributed (packets)

 

 

 

 

1080

IX

ORS Distributed (packets)

 

 

 

 

324

X

Chlorine Tablets Distributed
(packets of 14 per packet}

 

 

 

 

175

XI

IEC Materials distributed

 

 

 

 

1250

TIHAR JAIL
AAG’s work in Tihar jail focuses on:

  • Dealing with adolescent under-trials and convicts who are addicted to one or the other form or narcotic or alcoholic addiction who are housed in CHETNA ward; Providing them Therapeutic Community programme for their rehabilitation
  • HIV and AIDS awareness programmes in all jails inside Tihar;
  • Provision of Free Legal Aid in two jails i.e. in Central Jails III and V
  • Providing Legal Literacy sessions in all jails for the new prisoners in all jails.

Free Legal AID
Providing legal aid to the inmates of different jails in Tihar is an important part of the work that is carried out by members of AAG. Efforts were made by not only members of the AAG team directly but also by AAG’s Advocate, Mr. R.K. Thakur to create legal literates in the jails. The legal literacy sessions were especially interactive with many of the under-trial prisoners asking questions relevant to their cases.

Given below are details of our work with regard to Free Legal AID

Achievements
ANNUAL STATISTICS LEGAL AID 2006

 

Particulars

No. of prisoners in Jail No.3 and 4 interviewed by AAG Volunteers

12250

No. of prisoners interviewed by AAG’s Advocate

1218

Number of Acquittals

33

Number of prisoners released on  Sentence undergone

36

Number of Bails granted

60

Number of prisoners Bailed Out

32

Number of Bail applications pending in HC

104

Number of Appeals filed in Sessions Courts

30

Number of Convictions

15

Number of application filed

25

Number of Bail applications dismissed

14

Number of bail applications pending in Session court

39

Number of Appeals filed in HC

20

Legal Literacy Sessions inside the Jail
Annual Report 05-06
In this year we were able to conduct 12 Legal Literacy Sessions inside the jail. Our Legal Coordinator Mr. R.K.Thakur conducted the sessions from which approximately 3000 inmates benefited.

 

HIV and AIDS awareness programmes
AAG’s mission is to contribute towards minimizing human suffering in the field of health especially related to HIV/AIDS. AAG’s work in Tihar Jail is part of working towards the achievement of this mission. Apart from the interactive sessions that were held regularly in different jails wherein a number of issues related to HIV and its spread were tackled by trained AAG Counsellors, efforts were also made to convey the same message using a wide variety of mediums. Thus, a play enacted by members of the Drishtantar Theatre Group put across a similar message in a format which educated those who saw the play while entertaining them at the same time. At another time a magic show was used to convey information about HIV / AIDS. An open interactive forum followed the different IEC mediums used where all those in the audience had a chance to openly ask and clear their doubts regarding any of the issues talked about. Some of the questions raised related to the following:

  • How do we know that any one is HIV +.
  • Having anal sex and its consequences.
  • What are the symptoms of HIV
  • Is there any cure for HIV in the initial stage?
  • Should both partners test for HIV before marriage?
  • Why is taking blood from blood bank not 100% safe?
    • What is a “window” period?
    • Can the ELISA test detect antibodies in the blood from a blood bank after three months?
    • What is AAG doing about removing stigma and discrimination in the jail?
    Achievements
    HIV /AIDS Awareness Programme in Jail

    Annual Statistics 05-06

    Sessions inside the wards

    No of
    Sessions

    Participants

    Street Plays/ Magic Shows on HIV /AIDS

    Participants

    Total Reach

    April

    5

    600

    1

    500

    1100

    May

    7

    1350

    0

    0

    1350

    June

    5

    480

    0

    0

    480

    July

    6

    600

    0

    0

    600

    August

    4

    400

    0

    0

    400

    Sept

    6

    900

    0

    0

    900

    Oct

    5

    800

    2

    2500

    3300

    Nov

    5

    650

    1

    900

    1550

    Dec

    4

    400

    0

    0

    400

    Jan

    5

    420

    1

    1000

    1420

    Feb

    4

    400

    0

    0

    400

    March

    5

    500

    2

    2000

    2500

    Total

    61

    7500

    7

    6900

    14400

     

    CHETNA WARD
    Chetna ward is a ward housing adolescent addicts. Hence special emphasis is laid on explaining the linkages between drugs and AIDS while conducting awareness sessions at the Ward. Legal literacy sessions were also arranged for the inmates of the Chetna Ward. Though the inmates were mostly illiterate and their comprehension slow and limited, yet they sat attentively at all our awareness creation sessions.

    Every week sessions were held on HIV\AIDS and STIs. The Counsellor provided information on HIV/AIDS and STIs, the ways of transmission and methods for prevention of infection, testing and the proper use of condoms. Linkages between IV drug use and HIV were also explained to the inmates.

    These were by and large interactive sessions wherein the inmates asked a number of questions regarding the topics covered in the sessions. An interesting by-product of the awareness sessions was the fact that the AAG counsellors were approached by some of the inmates who were possibly afflicted with STIs, who were then referred to the Hospital for examination, testing and treatment.

    The Chetna Ward inmates were also visited by Mr. Rod Beadles from the Elton John AIDS Foundation, London. He interacted with all present.

    Given below are the details of AAG’s work at the Chetna Ward.

    Achievements
    Statistics of the Therapeutic Community Programme for Adolescent
    Addicts in Chetna ward in Central Jail V

    April 2005 to March 2006

    S.No.

    Particulars

    Total

    1

    Total No. of Inmates in the year

    797

    2

    New Comers

    299

    3

    Repeaters

    505

    4

    Convicts

    18

    5

    Under Trials

    786

    6

    Types Of Addiction

     

     

    Smack

    526

     

    I.. V. Drug Use

    33

     

    Ganja

    90

     

    Alcohol

    34

     

    Others

    121

    7

    Marital Status

     

     

    Single

    690

     

    Married

    114

    8

    Education

     

     

    Illiterate

    684

     

    Primary

    66

     

    Middle

    33

     

    High School

    26

     

    Inter (10 + 2)

    5

    11

    No of Times Arrested

     

     

    Once

    399

     

    Twice

    198

     

    Thrice

    107

     

    More Than 3 Times

    200

    12

    Occupations

     

     

    Labourer

    90

     

    Pick Pockets

    509

     

    Unemployed

    17

     

    Rickshaw Pullers

    36

     

    Kabari

    25

     

    Business

    43

     

    Others

    65

    14

    Cause Of Addiction

     

     

    Peer Group Pressure

    187

     

    Curiosity

    331

     

    Family Problems

    60

     

    Individual

    52

     

    Sickness

    135

     

    Others

    39

    16

    INCOME (In Rs.)

     

     

    No Income

    15

     

    Up To 2000

    65

     

    2000 To 5000

    222

     

    5000 To 10000

    368

     

    Above 10000

    134

    17

    Expenditure On Drugs in Rupees

     

     

    50/- To 100/-

    198

     

    100/- To 200/-

    299

     

    200/- To 500/-

    253

     

    Above 500/-

    39

     

    Free Of Cost

    15

    18

    Age Wise Distribution

     

     

    Under 10 Years

    44

     

    11 To 15 Years

    275

     

    16 To 20 Years

    485

    19

    Risk Behaviours

     

     

    IV Drug User

    35

     

    Sharing Syringes And Needles

    35

     

    Unsafe Sex

    455

    In Addition…
    In addition to the work specified above, AAG also organized a training session on Stress Management in Tihar Jail for 53 new recruits who were to join as sentries and warders. Among the issues covered were:

    • What is stress
    • Causes of stress
    • Attitudes which cause stress
    • Manifestations of stress
    • Some stress breakers

    At GB Road – A Red Light Area

    • Conducting AIDS awareness sessions with prospective clients through street plays and magic shows and street corner meetings
    • Providing treatment for STIs and minor ailmentsand referrals for major illnesses
    • Conducting condom promotion programmes
    Achievements
    Total No. of Clients

    981

    Total No. of STIs clients

    309

    Total No. of Skin clients

    48

    Others

    624

    Total No. of TB Patients

    1

    Total No. of Gynaec. cases

    3

    Referrals

    35

    Condoms distributed

    98110

    No. of HIV+ patients

    5

    Pulse Polio Given

    100

     

    Hot Line Counselling on AIDS and STDs
    Phone numbers 26187953 and 26187954 are the hot line numbers for personalised, interactive but anonymous counselling services. An increasing number of calls are being received since this service was started in 1997. The National AIDS Control Organisation (NACO) had sponsored this service initially.

    In House Trainings and Workshops

    We have been holding regular in-house trainings on RCH, STIs / HIV / AIDS / Hepatitis A/B/C/D/E and for counselling for the above, where Resource people from other organisations have also been invited. In addition, we have conducted trainings on how to conduct street corner meetings near the brothels and now to interact with the prospective clients of sex workers. This is to make negotiations for condom use easier for the sex workers.
          

    • Human Rights Work outside Jail

    AAG has also helped people particularly women in distress, by providing them information about their legal rights. We provide support and an enabling environment, where the clients (women) feel safe enough to experiment with the concept of autonomy in order to generate and explore their own options. If they ask, we also suggest a few options to deal with the crisis situation they are in. They are at liberty to adopt the option they like best.

    In addition we have helped many cases of marital problems and provided crisis  Counselling and legal advice through our lawyer.

    AAG has also helped factory workers who were being denied their due salaries and allowances, by unscrupulous factory owners.

    ADVOCACY AND NETWORKING

    Lawyer’s Collective an NGO,
    ATN a network of NGOs,
    A network of NGOs carrying out Telephonic Counselling on HIV / AIDS
    E networking:-
    - Saathii@Yahoogroup.com
    - AIDS-INDIA@yahoogroups.com

    AAG is a member of the Anti Trafficking Network (ATN), which is a group of about 20 NGOs working against the trafficking of minor girls For flesh trade.

    FUTURE DIRECTIONS

    • Setting up a rehabilitation centre based on the Therapeutic Community model. for Addicts in South Delhi primarily but not exclusively for juvenile drug addicts ex jail if we can raise the necessary funds.
    • Starting a Coaching Centre in Madan Pur Khader for school dropouts and those who have never been to school, so that they could get re-admitted / admitted into schools and join the mainstream.
    • A mobile HIV / AIDS awareness programme and a linked mobile counselling service in Delhi and adjacent areas

     

    We would be very grateful for your support in any one of the above mentioned programmes.

    If you find the above information relevant to the purpose for which your organization provides grants, we would be more than willing to send in a Letter of Inquiry (LOI).

    Publications and Reports:

    • “NDPS law de mystified” – under preparation
    • Information on AIDS (Third Edition in English under preparation). In Hindi printed
    • Booklets in Hindi and English on “Sexually Transmissible Diseases
    • Booklet titled “Basic (Legal) Information for Under trials”, Volume 1 & 2  (2nd Edition of Vol. 1 is under revision and preparation)
    • Booklet titled “Legal Rights and Options Available to Convicts.”

    Our Donors, Supporters and Well Wishers

    1. Individual Donors
      • Mr. And Dr.(Mrs.) Tony Carlier,
      • Mr. Yogesh Jain,
      • Ms. John & Ellena Christie
      • Ms. Minoti Bahri & Master Isar
      • Mr. S. P. Loonker,
      • Ms Priya Vishwanath,
      • Mr Puneet Nath Kapil,
      • Ms Elizabeth
      • Mr Siddhartha
    1. Funding Agencies
    • Elton John AIDS Foundation,
    • Standard Chartered Bank
    • British High Commission
    • UNODC
    • Charities Aid Foundation
    1. Supporting Agencies
    • Charities Aid Foundation,
    • Glaxo & SmithKline consumer Ltd.
    • Family Planning Association of India
    • Jan Sikshan Sansthan
    1. Our Special Thanks to:
    • Mr Yogesh Jain
    • Mr B.K.Gupta IPS., DG (Prisons)
    • Mr. JV Sunder Singh, Head, Credit Ops, Standard Chartered.
    • Ms. Chandni Lamba
    • Ms. Priya Viswanath, CEO CAF
    • Mr Surya Prakash Loonker,

     

    1. Thanks for Keeping donation boxes:-
    • Rainbow Restaurant
    • Canara Bank, East of Kailash.

     

 
 
 
 
 
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