HIV AIDS (Kavach) Project
Kavach Project against HIV-Aids
This intervention for long-distance truckers and allied populations started in 2005. The program has clear and well-defined objectives:
To promote safe sexualbehavior and practices by long-distance
To promote the use of condoms among long-distance
To create awareness about STI/HIV/AIDS among long-distance
To counsel and provide treatment for STI through clinics located on
As part of the program, Vatsalya provides STI/HIV/AIDS services at five major truck halting-points on the highways of Rajasthan and Gwalior in MP. The program began with theBill-Melinda Gates Foundation via the Transport Corporation of India Foundation (TCIF) in February 2005. In November 2011, the project was taken over by the National AIDS Control Society and has been supported by it ever since.
In India, truckers most often come from the poorest of the poor section of society. They are poorly educated with little awareness of various health hazards and particularly that of unsafe intercourse.
Total coverage: 40,830 truckers
Total footfall in HIV clinics: 10,095
Total number counselled:3,608
Total ICTC testing: 3,335 (full form)
STI cases identified and treated: 614
Syphilis patients identified and treated: 100
Number of HIV positive cases identified and treated: 4
Total condoms sold: 58,769
Major funding support for HIV & AIDS program comes from RSACS.