Saturday, November 12, 2016

HIV Prevention Interventions by Aghaz-e-Nau

Aghaz-e-Nau (AeN) is a non-profit, non-governmental and non-religious organization registered under Societies Act 1860. AeN is working for the treatment, rehabilitation, and prevention of drug abuse problem since 1993. At the same time AeN is working to create awareness about HIV/AIDS amongst the general population and also working tocarry out HIV prevention activities.
AeN started working in Gujranwala & Sialkot (Lot-3) from February, 2014 with the following objectives:
·         To halt the HIV prevalence in IDUs at the current level or it should not increase more than 5% above the current level.
Specific Objectives:
To deliver a defined package of services to all categories of IDUs including:

  • Harm reduction services through syringe exchange
  • Primary healthcare services
  • Management of STIs
  • Sexual and reproductive health education
  • Behavior & communication change services (BCC)
HIV Prevention Interventions by Aghaz-e-Nau

a)      Structural Interventions
  • Establishment of drop-in centers/clinics
  • To promote an enabling environment in the project area
b)     Behavioral Interventions
  • To implement appropriate behavior change interventions
c)      Biomedical Interventions
  • Providing harm reduction services including syringe exchange
  • Providing condoms and information on proper use and disposal
  • Providing primary healthcare wound dressing, abscess drainage and syndrome management of STIs using national guidelines
  • Providing education on sexual and reproductive health and STIs, and access to acceptable and appropriate services for STIs
  • To provide access to Voluntary Confidential Counseling and Testing (VCCT) services for Street-based IDUs and their regular sexual partners
  • To ensure the HIV Positive Street-based IDUs receive appropriate “care and support”

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