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Expanding Provision of Essential Services to Street

Expanding Provision of Essential Services to Street, Hotel and Residence Based Female Sex Workers (GFATM 908 Package)

  “Provision of Essential Services to Street-Based and Hotel/Residence-Based Female Sex Workers in Selected Districts of Bangladesh”, is a collaborative project between the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare and Save the Children-USA funded by the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GFATM) started from February 2008. From  1st December 2009. This project merged with Rolling Continuation Channel (RCC) Program with its title “Expanding Provision of Essential Services to Street, Hotel and Residence Based Female Sex Workers (FSWs)”. The program aims to ensure essential health services for 13,550 uncovered streets, hotel and residence based female sex through 48 drop in centers and 4 Outlets under 5 divisions and 25 districts in different locations of the country through peer based outreach services.

 

FSWs received essential HIV prevention services which include BCC activities, access to condom and STI services, and other DIC-based recreational services. It aims to provide capacity building of relevant staff.  DICs links  to local VCT, RH, MCH, EPI and FP existing services required by SWs.  It also aims to provide alternative ways for sustainable income generation building on proven methods and experiences to FSWs with links to micro credit and marketing programs.

It uses a model to create an enabling environment within local communities for legal support, child support and basic rights through partnerships and community level advocacy meetings. Printing and distribution of updated IEC and advocacy materials are also carried out. Adequate community involvement in all program sites is ensured.

BWHC has firmly believed that it is critical to remain responsive to the “most at risk population” in order to contain the spread of HIV. The global fund gave an opportunity to serve underprivileged marginalized sex workers with BWHC as lead agency, hand in hand with other esteemed organizations like Association of Voluntary Action for Society (AVAS), Rural Poor Development Organization (RPDO), Health and Education for the Less-Privileged People (HELP), Padakhep Manabik Unnayan Kendra (PADAKHEP) and Sylhet Jubo Academy (SJA). This consortium has drawn expertise from each other and has worked with a strong consolidation of sincere efforts overcoming multiple challenges.

Achievements:

  • Reached 14,563 sex workers through peer education and condom distribution
  • Distributed 8597864 free male condoms to the sex workers.
  • Provided 15274 sexually transmitted infection services and 2697 primary health care services to sex workers and also provided 211 health care services to their children.
  • A total of 17 cultural events including folk song on HIV and AIDS awareness were organized in 17 different locations.
  • Actively participated in 9th sero surveillance 2011
  • Involved in designing and conduction of two studies regarding program development with iccdr,b 
  • Exchange visit with Durbar Mohila Samannya Shangstha , Kolkata
  • 591 local level advocacy meeting held with 9148 participants comprising of community leaders, law enforcing agencies, religious leaders, educators, gatekeepers of sex workers etc.
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