Building Community Leadership
The National AIDS Control Programme (NACP) has articulated that the communities are the natural owners to the response to HIV epidemic. The NACP has envisioned to generate community ownership for the project activities through mobilisation of the community members for increased stake in planning and implementation of the project activities. Therefore, it is very critical to strengthen the ability of community themselves to identify needs and to develop and implement activities focused on HIV/AIDS prevention.
VHS-MSA DIVA Project under the guidance of NACO and in partnership with SACS, in its project period has developed 116 master trainers for the country out of which 38 are community members. These master trainers in turn have trained over 1600 TI staff on various components of TG-TI programme.
The training programmes broadly covered aspects like
(i) Components of TI and Programme Management,
(ii) Roles and Responsibilities of TI staff,
(iii) Sex, Sexuality and Gender,
(iv) Outreach and Peer Education for TG/Hijra TIs,
(v) Counseling and linkages including GTRS and Mental Health Services,
(vi) Condom Promotion
(vii) STI Service Delivery,
(viii) Positive Prevention,
(ix) Advocacy and Crisis Response,
(x) Community Mobilization.