Friday, 12 March 2010
Health Program of Rainbow Nari O Shishu Kallyan Foundation 1996
HIV/AIDS PREVENTION PROGRAM:
Observing the devastation of HIV|AIDS worldwide Rainbow Nari O Shishu Kallyan Foundation has been conducting its activities and spreading awareness of HIV/AIDS since early 1997. From starting it upholds the vulnerability of HIV/AIDS nationally and internationally by advancing its social warning with a view to spread awareness among the prostitutes on the vulnerability of HIV|AIDS. Its first project was implemented in Goalando Brothel, and later we started in Dhaka city with the financial support of the Global Fund for Women, USA. The purpose of the project was to reduce the vulnerability of STI/HIV/AIDS among the target beneficiaries especially the youth, street children, youth /adolescent students, domestic workers, transport workers (drivers and helpers of truck, bus and tempo), hotel/restaurant workers, commercial sex workers, industry workers, professional blood donors, injecting drug users etc. The objectives of the project is to create a vast awareness on the knowledge on HIV|AIDS. So with this view to initiated peer Education, Referral of STI patients to clinic, counseling, condom promotion and awareness building to improve awareness scenario, understanding and knowledge of the target populations about prevention of HIV/AIDS by taking preventive initiatives and awareness raising programs.
Beside these to give more emphasis on HIV/AIDS among the all kinds of people it spreads its activities by giving entertainment so during this period, Rainbow Nari O Shishu Kallyan Foundation produced several animated cartoons, songs, banners etc. These BCC materials provided with the necessary information about HIV/AIDS to both literate and illiterate people. About 1500 people, basically the youth, adolescents, transport workers (drivers and helpers of bus, track, and tempo), injecting drug users, sex workers, call girls, NGO workers or staff, factory workers, vulnerable youth and women groups, and MSM received awareness training on HIV/AIDS, STI/STDs, and its protective means alongside gaining knowledge on reproductive health, sexual health, primary health care etc. In the aftermath of such trainings target groups are being more conscious about HIV/AIDS & also about sexual health, reproductive health, primary health care etc. These trainings will help these people to disseminate their knowledge among their family members and neighborhood and make them aware about HIV/AIDS, STI/STDs & different social issues. Rainbow Nari O Shishu Kallyan Foundation organized 2 district level workshops/seminars, 8 action researches among sex workers and their clients (Goalanda brothel, Mymensingh brothel, Residence Sex Workers, Floating Sex Workers), 10 grassroots-level workshops, 10 awareness programs for NGO workers, hundreds of community meetings, hundreds of courtyard meetings, 2 rallies on HIV/AIDS awareness and over 500 home campaign on HIV/AIDS and STI/STDs.
MATERNAL & CHILD HEALTH CARE INTERVENTIONS:
The connections of HIV/AIDS with humanitarian crisis are establishing a great problem for all over the world. So motivation, awareness raising and dissemination of knowledge through different means and media are the most important activities under the program to improve the overall health status of the target people.
Women are disproportional infected with HIV/AIDS for biological, social, economic reasons. Heterosexual and vertical transmission of the virus has resulted in its wide distribution in the general population in sexually active adults and adolescents so with a view to make the vulnerable group conscious about health related issues, awareness activities were carried out on personal hygiene practice, dehydration & importance of ORS, Antenatal Care (ANC), Post Natal Care (PNC), delivery care, health & nutrition, family planning, water & sanitation, immunization, etc. The staff of the program organized small and large scale of group meetings, conducted household visits, displayed video films and arranged audio folk songs to create awareness & motivation among the target people. Several Behavioral Change Communication (BCC) materials like posters, leaflets, flipcharts, stickers etc. were mainly used for different promotional activities.
To achieve the objectives under Maternal Health Care program, Rainbow Nari O Shishu Kallyan Foundation started providing several trainings for its target groups.
Motivation, awareness raising and dissemination of knowledge through different means and media are the most important software activities under the program to improve the overall health status of the target people. The software supports comprise all the services, which lead to sustainable behavioral change. Keeping this in mind, awareness raising acts on health related issues within the community people have been emphasized at as one of the most important parts throughout the reporting period.
Among many health related issues, awareness activities were carried out on personal hygiene practice, dehydration & importance of ORS, Antenatal Care (ANC), Post Natal Care (PNC), delivery care, health & nutrition, family planning, water & sanitation, immunization, etc.
The program staff organized small and large level group meetings, conducted household visits, displayed video films and arranged audio folk songs to send a message to raise awareness among the target people and motivate them. Several Behavioral Change Communication (BCC) materials like posters, leaflets, flipcharts, stickers etc. were mainly used for different promotional activities.
To achieve the objectives under Maternal Health Care program, Rainbow Nari O Shishu Kallyan Foundation is now providing several trainings among its target groups.
FAMILY PLANNING INTERVENTIONS:
With view to reduce over population from Bangladesh Rainbow Nari O Shishu Kallyan foundation emphasis on family planning as it is one of the most important and vital components of health program. The staff put their earnest efforts to raise awareness about the benefits of having a small family and to increase the percentage of users of family planning devices through motivation. Therefore, the program staff provided trainings on how to use contraceptives and distributed the materials (in a small scale) among the fertile couples within the target groups. Such training campaign has got a momentum as well as popularity in the project domain.