Programs
School Health Program

Health Action Program for Progress of Youth (HAPPY), Mumbai, Maharashtra (Project Period: 2016 - 2019)

DESH implements a Health Action Program for Progress of Youth (HAPPY) in 720 schools in partnership with six local NGOs in Mumbai District, Maharashtra, supported by TATA Trusts. Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) is the “Knowledge Partner”.

‘HAPPY’ works among adolescents to promote health and reduce vulnerability to substance use/abuse of tobacco, alcohol and drugs. “HAPPY” aims to establish a youth movement by empowering the youth to develop “Mental Arsenal” to counter and overcome unhealthy peer pressure so that they become youth health champions/leaders and not victims or slaves of unhealthy habits. This program covers seven thematic areas, namely, (1) Health, Hygiene & Nutrition; (2) Mental health & emotional well-being; (3) Prevention of use / misuse of substances; (4) Life Skills and values; (5) Communicable and Non- communicable diseases; (6) Sexual and reproductive health; and (7) Injuries & violence – gender violence

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    Training of Peer Educators (Youth Health Champions)
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    Special Teachers Training Session
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    Training of Peer Educators (Youth Health Champions)
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    Peer Education Session
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    Peer Education Session
Targeted Intervention

T2Health for the Truck operators and labourers in Chennai, Tamil Nadu (Project Period: 2015 - 2019)

A comprehensive program focusing on physical, psychological and social health for truckers and labourers in Chennai Container Terminal funded by DP World Chennai. The project activities are executed within/outside radius of 5 kms CCT and CFS

Objectives of the project:

Providing holistic health care and health awareness to improve Psychological, Physical and Social Health of Truck Drivers, Transport Service Providers, including Labour

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    Street play on substance use of alcohol and smoking by Students from Madras School of Social Work
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    General Medical Camp
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    Awareness sessions on road safety by Mr. Thiruvenkadem – Asst Commissioner Traffic
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    Eye Screening Camp
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    Dental Camp by Dr. Aishwarya
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    Speech by Superintendent of Customs and Commissioner of Customs Mr.Nasser
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    Primary Screening for Hypertension and Diabetes Mellitus

Targeted intervention among Male having Sex with Male (MSM) – Thrissur, Kerala (Project Period: 2007 - 2019)

DESH Suraksha MSM Sexual health project (DESH Suraksha MSM Project) has been functioning in Thrissur district since January 2007. Currently the project is covering 1041 MSMs in four sites, namely Thrissur, Kodungallur, Guruvayur and Kunnamkulam, supported by Kerala State AIDS Control Society

Objectives of the project:
  • To increase the correct and consistent condom usage by sex workers
  • To reduce the prevalence of sexually transmitted diseases among sex workers
  • To enhance the availability and access to quality condoms in project locations
  • To undertake a comprehensive communication campaign to increase treatment seeking behaviour for sexually transmitted diseases and condom usage

Other services include referrals to ICTC centers, STI management, condom programming, trainings for Peer educators and key population

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    Tharangam Program
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    Tharangam Program
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    Onam Festival.
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    World AIDS Day – 2017

Targeted intervention among Transgenders (TGs) – Thrissur, Kerala (Project Period: 2014 - 2019)

DESH Suraksha TG Intervention program is implemented in Thrissur district, Kerala supported by Kerala State AIDS Control Society since April 2014.

Objectives of the project:
  • To increase the correct and consistent condom usage
  • To reduce the prevalence of sexually transmitted diseases (STD)
  • To enhance the availability and access to quality condoms in project locations
  • To increase treatment seeking behaviour for STD and condom usage
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    Awareness sessions on road safety by Mr. Thiruvenkadem – Asst Commissioner Traffic
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    Sradha Campaign 2018
Care And Support Centre (CSC)

CSC program for people living with HIV/AIDS – Chennai, Tamil Nadu (Project Period: 2013 - 2019)

Care and Support program is implemented in Chennai district, Tamil Nadu funded through GFATM Round 4, RCC phase II grant ‘VIHAAN’, supported by Tamilnad Positive Network (TNP+). The goal of the project is to improve the survival and quality of life of People Living with HIV (PLHIV). The program is functioning since July 2013 in Chennai district.

Objectives of the project:
  • Providing holistic health care and health awareness to improve Psychological, Physical and Social Health of Truck Drivers, Transport Service Providers, including Labour
  • Early linkages to care support & treatment services
  • To improve treatment adherence and education
  • To increase early testing and expand positive prevention activities
  • To improve social protection and wellbeing of PLHIV
  • To strengthen community systems and reduce stigma & discrimination

CSC program for people living with HIV/AIDS –Villupuram, Tamil Nadu (Project Period: 2013 - 2019)

Care and Support program is implemented in Villupuram district, Tamil Nadu funded through GFATM Round 4, RCC phase II grant ‘VIHAAN’, supported by Tamilnad Positive Network (TNP+). The goal of the project is to improve the survival and quality of life of People Living with HIV (PLHIV). The program is functioning since July 2013 in Villupuram district.

Objectives of the project:
  • To strengthen care & support services and improve treatment adherence
  • Early linkages to care support & treatment services
  • To improve treatment adherence and education
  • To increase early testing and expand positive prevention activities
  • To improve social protection and wellbeing of PLHIV
  • To strengthen community systems and reduce stigma & discrimination
Clinical Intervention

Static and Mobile Clinical Services in Chennai and surrounding areas (Project Period: 2006 onwards)

DESH’s clinical intervention through a static and mobile clinic services reaches out to urban backward settlements in East Coast road from Thiruvanmiyur upto 10kms stretch. Vehicle with adequate medicines in store and clinical lab testing equipment in place for mobile clinic process and lab tests such as anaemia, random sugar, etc. are available. The program is supported by Tata Trust and contributions from well wishers.

Objectives of the project:
  • To deliver health care facility at the doorstep of the community people to improve their health-seeking behavior
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    Spl. Medical Camp at Nainar Kuppam on 22.03.2018
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    Spl. Medical Camp at Chinnandi Kuppam on 06.03.2018
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    Spl. Medical Pediatric Camp at Injampakkam on 07.03.2018
DESH Mobile Clinic – Operational Areas
  • Neelankarai Canal
  • Chinna Neelankarai Kuppam
  • Chinnandi Kuppam
  • Vettuvankanmi Canal
  • Kottivakkam Canal
  • Thoraipakkam Canal
  • Canalpuram Canal
  • Palavakkam Canal
  • 9.Perungudi Canal
  • 10.Neelankarai Kuppam
  • 11.Kottivakkam Kuppam
  • 12.Injambakkam Kuppam
  • 13.Naninar Kuppam
  • 14.Kanathur Kuppam
Counselling

Govt. Hospital for Thoracic Medicine (GHTM), Tambaram: (Project Period: 2006 onwards)

The Government Hospital for Thoracic Medicine at Tambaram in Chennai caters to the needs of HIV/AIDS/TB cases from all over Tamil Nadu as well as patients from neighbouring States. DESH has placed a Counsellor, offering valuable counseling services, supported by JRD Tata Trust Grant.

Objectives of the project:
  • To provide risk reduction counseling services for STD patients and their partners
  • To provide pre/post test counseling
  • To provide care and psycho social support to HIV infected persons
  • To provide HIV information to the patients and their partners to reduce risk of HIV infection
Interactive Voice Response System (IVRS)

An Interactive Voice Response System (IVRS) is installed for HAPPY project to provide timely and easy access to correct information that will enable the youth make informed decisions. A dedicated helpline in the regional language and English, is a fully automated service that provides information and unlinked anonymous counseling over the telephone. This helpline will provide appropriate information and guidance to the youth to stay away from substance use of any addictive / harmful type. DESH launched the Interactive Voice Response System (IVRS) – ‘Hotline’ in Chennai and Mumbai.

The IVRS main topics covered:

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Health Hygiene & Nutrition Mental health & emotional well-being Prevention of use / misuse of substances Life Skills and values Communicable and Non- communicable diseases Sexual and reproductive health Injuries & violence – gender violence

DESH popularised the hotline number by displaying it in a prominent place in the schools and also advocates its use during the sessions conducted in the schools. It provides live counselling through the telephone between 10.00 am and 5.00 pm.

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Rural / Urban OutReach Program

Comprehensive primary, preventive & promotive health care in the rural areas, Cuddalore, Tamil Nadu (Project Period: 2013 - 2018)

DESH implements “AROGYAM” project, a comprehensive primary and preventive health care program, reaching 100000 population in Parangipettai block, Cuddalore District under a corporate social response of IL&FS Tamil Nadu Power Company Limited (ITPCL). DESH has been implementing the project since September 2013. The salient activities carried out as per the scope of work is through two components (A) Health Awareness and mobilization of the community and (B) Running “AROGYAM” health static clinic and health screening services thorough mobile clinic.

  • Diabetic Retinopathy camp was conducted on 25.03.18 - Villiyanallur
  • Eye Checkup
  • Street play on NCD
  • Street play on NCD

Comprehensive Community Based Health Care to Improve Maternal, Adolescent, Reproductive and Child Health (MARCH) in Lalitpur District of Bundelkhand Region (Project Period: 2015 - 2018)

DESH implements a Comprehensive Community Based Health Care to Improve “MARCH” in Lalitpur District of Bundelkhand Region, supported by Jamsetji Tata Trust, Mumbai. The MARCH program commenced in June 2015 supported by Jamsetji Tata Trust, Mumbai. Currently the program is operational in 54 hard to reach villages in Madawara and Birdha blocks of Lalitpur District, Uttar Pradesh

Objectives of the project:
  • To reach out the key population in the target areas with information, skills and services of MARCH
  • To develop a community based model to address priority health needs and empower them to execute the model through existing community structures
  • To build the capacity of partner NGOs to implement MARCH program in their respective areas
  • To impart Social Health Education using Thinking Tool and Mental Vaccination for Self Help Groups / Community Support Groups linked to partner NGOs
  • To reach out to hard to reach areas with minimal medical services through Mobile health Clinic
  • Strengthen and facilitate linkages and referrals with existing public and private health care facilities
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    IEC Campaign
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    Community Interaction
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    Mobile Medical Camp
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    Sanitary Pads Distribution

Comprehensive Road Safety, First-aid and Health Intervention programs (CHIP) for truckers transit through Rawatsar- Nohar -Bhadra highway and vulnerable population in the adjacent villages – Hanumangarh, Rajasthan (Project Period: 2012 - 2018)

This Intervention program for Truckers transiting through Rawatsar- Nohar -Bhadra highway and vulnerable population in the adjacent villages is a scaling up effort to reach out the truckers and the vulnerable population with Information, Knowledge and Skill in Road Safety, First Aid and STI/HIV/AIDS prevention and management funded by RIDCOR Infra projects Ltd., (RIPL).

Objectives of the project:
  • To increase knowledge of the social and behavioral aspects of high-risk driving behavior and to reduce the incidence of accidents
  • To increase awareness among truckers, helpers and vulnerable population on STI, HIV / AIDS and risk reduction
  • To ensure condom availability and accessibility among the vulnerable community and to promote condom use
  • To facilitate screening and management of STI and HIV
  • To facilitate screening of anemia, RTI and referrals for treatment
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    Eye check-up for truck drivers
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    IEC campaign on road safety and responsible driving
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S.No Project Duration Area Coverage Supported by
1 Training of Trainers and Peer Educators 2015-2016 Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Kerala, Andeman & Nicobar, Lakshwadeep and Pudducherry 105 Medical Officers Rashtriya Kishor Swasthya Karyakram (RKSK), GoI
2 General Duty Assistants (GDA) program 2015-2016 Chennai 72 Girls IL&FS Skills Development Corporation Ltd.
3 Reduction of transmission of HIV/AIDS among Women Sex Workers and their clients 2012-2015 Thiruvallur 489 Female Sex workers and their clients and 229 MSMs Tamil Nadu State AIDS Control Society (TANSACS)
4 Evaluation of NGOs working in PPTCT (HIV/AIDS) program under GFATM RCC-II 2012-2015 Pan india 163 NGOs The IL&FS Education and Technology Services, Ltd. (IETS)
5 HIV-AIDS Prevention Along The Highway – A Comprehensive Health Intervention among Truckers and vulnerable population 2012-2015 Hanumangarh 73143 Truckers Road Infrastructure Development Company of Rajasthan
6 Mobile ICTC 2007-2013 Kanchipuram district 10 Slums Tamil Nadu State AIDS Control Society (TANSACS)
7 Strengthening Preventive and Promotive Health Initiatives through Women’s Self Help Groups 2010-2013 Chennai, Thiruvannamalai, Villupuram 900 SHGs and 9 NGOs Tata Trust
8 Promoting Access to Care and Treatment - Services for Establishing CETC under GFATM Rd.4 & 6 2006-2013 Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh 1981 Health Care Workers, Field Workers Enable Health Society formerly known as EngenderHealth Society
9 Formation and training of Self-Help Groups (SHGs) 2003-2012 Chennai & Kanchipuram 1036 SHGs Tamil Nadu Women’s Dev. Corporation
10 Reduction of transmission of HIV/AIDS among Women Sex Workers and their clients in Chennai 2004-2012 Chennai & Thiruvallur 2500 Female Sex workers and their clients Tamil Nadu AIDS Initiative (TAI), Voluntary Health Service (VHS)
11 Link Workers Scheme under GFATM Rd.7 2008-2012 Kozhikode, Kerala 114 Villages Kerala SACS
12 Truckers Intervention Program 2008-2011 Ernakulam, Kerala Highway Kerala SACS
13 Mother NGO – RCH / ISM & H 2000-2008 Chennai and Kancheepuram Capacity Building of 10 NGOs in RCH Government of India
14 Training of PPP Nurses in HIV Counseling under GFATM Rd.2 2009-2010 Tamil Nadu 171 PPP Nurse TANSACS
15 Training of ICTC counsellors in HIV Counselling under GFATM Rd.2 2009-2010 Tamil Nadu 521 ICTC Counsellors TANSACS
16 Training of Out Reach Workers in HIV Counselling under GFATM Rd.2 2008-2009 Tamil Nadu 346 Out Reach Workers TANSACS
17 Training of ICTC/ART/CCC counsellors in HIV Counselling under GFATM Rd.6 2008-2010 All India 126 ICTC/ART/CCC counsellors NACO
18 Training of ANM/Nurses in HIV Counseling under GFATM Rd.2 2008-2009 Tamil Nadu 281 ANM/Nurse TANSACS
19 Counseling at Govt, Hospital of Thoracic Medicine 2007-2009 Chennai 11254 In and Out Patients with HIV / AIDS / TB TANSACS
20 Counseling at CAPACS 2002-2009 Chennai 68858 Callers through the AIDS Hotline and clients who drop in at the clinic CAPACS
21 Counseling at Juve-nile/Vigilance homes 2002-2008 Chennai In-mates of Juvenile and Vigilance homes DESH
22 Unlinked Anonymous Counselling through Interactive Voice Response System (IVRS) 2000-2008 Chennai and adjoining cities 916227 callers Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, USA
23 Training of MPHWs in HIV and Child Counselling 2007-2008 Chennai 440 MPHWs CAPACS
24 Collectivization for Women Sex Workers 2006-2007 Tamil Nadu districts 52 collectives TAI-VHS
25 Control and Care of HIV / AIDS 2003-2007 Meenambakam and Pallavaram 22 slums and 60,000 population APAC / USAID
26 Training Program on “Computer, Accounting and Proposal Writing” for TANSACS funded NGOs 2006-2007 TamilNadu 60 Accountants / 53 Project Coordinators from 61 NGOs TANSACS
27 School AIDS Education Program 2006-2007 Chennai 50 Corporation Schools DIET
28 Control and Care of STD/HIV/AIDS among youth 2003-2006 1 Slum (4 Blocks, 4 Schools) at Jehangirpuri, Delhi 6,000 youth population Care India, Delhi
29 Street plays 2004-2006 Vellore district Ten street plays TANSACS
30 Value addition thro' capacity building for better health seeking behaviour 2005-2006 Nagapatinam, Karaikal, Cuddlaore and Kanyakumari 22 NGOs and 300 SHGs CARE India
31 Mobile Clinic - Tsunami program 2005-2006 Coastal areas of Chennai / Akkaraipettai 17199 patients Tata Trust
32 A comparative study of sexual behavior among students from Corporation and Elite schools in Kochi City 2005-2006 Kochi 12 schools RCSHA
33 Life Skill Education Program 2005-2006 Chennai 60 Corporation Schools CAPACS
34 Training program on "Sexual and Reproductive Health for INDIA HIV/AIDS Alliance funded NGOs" 2005-2006 Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh, Manipur and New Delhi 14 NGOs India HIV/AIDS Alliance
35 Counselling at Govt General Hospital 2005-2007 Chennai 13008 Patients at STD Clinic CAPACS
36 Mobile Clinic and Bare foot Counselling 2002-2005 Chennai Mobile Clinic services in 13 slums in Chennai The Chennai Wellingdon Corporate Foundation
37 Mobile Clinic services in Tsunami affected areas 2004-2005 Chennai / Nagapattinam 11 coastal areas in Chennai and 12 villages in Nagapattinam CESVI
38 Training Program on “Computer, Accounting and Proposal Writing” for TANSACS funded NGOs 2004-2005 TamilNadu 60 Accountants / 53 Project Coordinators from 61 NGOs TANSACS
39 Reproductive and Child Health (RCH) Extension 2003-2004 10 Slums in Chennai 53,000 families J.R.D. Tata Trust, Mumbai
40 Training programme for Anganwadi and Balwadi Teachers 2003-2004 Pondicherry / Karaikal 400 Anganwadi /Balwadi teachers in 20 batches APAC-VHS
41 Training of Trainers [TOT] program for Principals and Teachers 2003-2004 Chennai 238 Schools District Institute of Education and Training (DIET)
42 AIDS Education Programme in Matriculation Schools - Training for Principals ; Special Teachers and Peer Educators 2003–2004 Chennai, Thiruvallur, Vellore, Kanchepuram, Salem, and Coimbatore 67 schools Directorate for Teacher Education, Research and Training (DTERT)
43 Empowerment of Youth through Family Life Education 2003–2004 Kochi 26 divisions in Kochi through 52 groups Urban Poverty Allevation Development, Corporation of Kochi
44 AIDS Prevention Education in schools 2003-2004 Districts of Andhra Pradesh 200 schools APSACS
45 AIDS Prevention Education in schools 2002-2003 Hyderabad 210 schools Andhra Pradesh State AIDS Control Society (APSACS)
46 Reproductive and Child Health (RCH) and Control and Care of HIV/AIDS 2000–2004 Chennai, Coimbatore, Bangalore, Kochi, Hyderabad and Mumbai 100,000 families, 104 workplaces, 260 schools thro’ 50 NGOs Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, USA
47 Reproductive and Child Health (RCH) 2000–2002 Pulianthope and Royapuram 9,000 families in two slums Tata Trust, Mumbai
48 AIDS Intervention at Pilgrim Centres-Extn 1999–2000 Tiruttani 13,000 addressed Government of Tamil Nadu
49 Urban Backward Settlement (UBS) 1998–2003 Alandur 4,000 families in two slums APAC (USAID)
50 Reproductive and Child Health (RCH) 1998–2002 Kotturpuram, T.Nagar (2), Dumming Kuppam, Rotary Nagar 25,000 families in five slums John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, USA
51 Reproductive Health (RH) 1998–2002 Otteri, Vyasarpadi and Pulianthope 19,000 families in three slums MEMISA, Netherlands
52 AIDS Intervention at Pilgrim Centres 1996–1997 Tiruttani 67,452 addressed Government of Tamil Nadu
53 Reproductive and Child Health Project 1996–1998 Chennai 20,050 participants (19 Street Plays) BILANCE (CEBEMO)
54 APET/S for Youth in District Schools 1996–1998 Salem, Erode and Coimbatore Districts 800 schools by training & working with 37 NGOs BILANCE (CEBEMO)
55 APET/S for Youth (Extn) (Industries, Counselling) 1996–1998 Chennai, Kanchi & Thiruvallur District 28,523 participants BILANCE (CEBEMO)
56 Street Children and Working Youth 1995–1998 Chennai 9,097 participants by training and networking with 14 NGOs, CBOs CEBEMO
57 Community Programs in Urban Slums 1995–1998 Chennai slums 88,503 participants (68 Street Plays) CEBEMO
58 Street Plays and Dance ballets 1993-2007 Chennai Over 500 street plays completed till date Funds from all Projects
59 APET/S for Youth (Industries, Counselling) 1993–1996 Chennai, Kanchi & Thiruvallur District 43,098 participants CEBEMO
60 AIDS Prevention Education through Teachers / Students (APET/S) 1993–1996 Chennai 404 schools UNICEF
61 AIDS Prevention Education in Colleges 1992-1993 Chennai 2,000 participants Round Table
62 AIDS Prevention in Industries 1990–1998 Districts of Tamil Nadu 160 workshops Madras Management Association
63 Counselling at Government General Hospital – STD Clinic 1991-2008 Chennai 93,490 Patients at STD Clinic Tata Trust

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