Knowledge Matters – DRC WASH Consortium
This issue of Knowledge Matters captures the experiences and learning from the WASH Consortium, lead by Concern in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
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The Strengthening Local Responses to HIV and AIDS programme in Odisha, India sought to respond effectively to the HIV and AIDS epidemic in Odisha by reducing risk and vulnerability to infection.
The programme was implemented in partnership with four partner organisations.
The programme primarily focused on underserved and at-risk and vulnerable sub-populations such as local transport workers (LTWs), urban slum and rural-based adolescents (13-19 years) and youth (20-34) and people living with HIV (PLHIV). Partner organisations effectively mobilised their respective target groups in order to promote HIV prevention, care and support in combination with other development activities; promoting behaviour change, STI treatment, HIV testing and Anti-Retroviral Therapy (ART) uptake and adherence and education regarding HIV re-infection prevention and condom use.
The evaluation found that a critical success from this programme has been the establishment of an ART defaulter tracking system that succeeded in bringing people back to treatment, which has been adopted by Odisha State AIDS Control Society for replication throughout the State.