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Implications of migration on the health of communities

Diseases such as HIV/AIDS and the current swine flu pandemic have highlighted the connection between the large scale movement of people and health. With more than 200 million migrants in the world, migration - internal and across borders - is here to stay. It thus makes sense for all countries to put a migrant-friendly health system in place, argues Manjima Bhattacharjya


Bridging the education gap

HIV affected and infected children in Manipur are benefiting from a remarkable initiative that ensures they can afford to stay in school. Donations by small business firms and philanthropic individuals pay for school fees, books, uniforms, shoes, etc, channelled through the Manipur Network of Positive People (MNP+), reports Chitra Ahanthem


Sexuality, politics and HIV

The complex of funding, widespread attention, and advocacy around HIV has enabled queer individuals to talk openly about their sexual desires and created space for more political subversion and critiques of sexuality. At the same time, HIV activism has limited the discussion around sexual desire by focusing on disease, “risk” groups, and epidemiology, writes Padma Govindan


In this powerloom town, knowledge about HIV is power

More than 40 lakh people are dependent directly or indirectly on the powerloom industry in the city of Bhiwandi. Yet literacy levels and healthcare are of the poorest quality. Pankajkumar Bedi tells the story of one NGO that battled ignorance and religious taboos to raise AIDS awareness levels and provide a much-needed service


Back on the streets, but with a new mission

A former sex worker returns to the streets of Kochi, but this time for a worthy cause – to fight what state health authorities admit is a gradually growing epidemic in the state, and to clear up some popular misconceptions about women sex workers. Anosh Malekar hears her story


Popularising harm reduction strategies

Drug users are the most neglected of those groups considered at high risk of contracting and transmitting HIV/AIDS. Freny Manecksha spends time at one centre in Mumbai that offers injecting drug users exchange needle programmes, and other harm reduction facilities


Helping children help themselves

With 250,000 children living with HIV/AIDS and 60,000 babies born every year with the virus, looking after such children and teaching them how to cope is an urgent requirement of any AIDS intervention. Freny Manecksha finds out how Project CHILD is handling this issue in its community-based programmes in and around Mumbai


Small town women find new freedom with female condoms

Tarannum Manjul finds that a programme to get women to use the female condom in rural Uttar Pradesh is proving a success with women because it gives them more control over their lives


HIV/AIDS in Manipur: The need to focus on women

In a state with the highest concentration of HIV/AIDS in India, a majority of them injecting drug users (IDUs), interventions have focused on IDUs but have neglected their spouses, sexual partners and children, points out Chitra Ahanthem


HIV, sexuality and identity in India

There has been a legitimate emergence of sexual minorities in India over the last decade. But even as transsexuals or sex workers exult in the opportunity to be heard and seen in mainstream society, we must realise that this is just one small evolutionary step towards raising the self-esteem of marginalised groups, says Maya Indira Ganesh


Karnataka police formulate a workplace policy on HIV/AIDS

The Karnataka State Police has become the first state police department in India to formally unveil a comprehensive and detailed Workplace Policy on HIV/AIDS. But will it work on the ground, queries Deepanjali Bhas


Road-blocks for AIDS

Positive People is one of 32 NGOs working at the grassroots level among truck drivers, for the Healthy Highway Project.


The story behind Uganda's success – and some questions

Uganda halved the high prevalence of HIV/AIDS between 1990 and 1998. Though it still faces daunting challenges, it is worthwhile to study how it has scripted such a success story in AIDS control, says Sreejit E M 


Communicating effectively in Tamil Nadu

Between 1993 and 1998, it was believed that about 1.6% of the general population in Tamil Nadu was HIV-positive. By 2004 that had dropped to 0.5%. TANSACS's innovative information, education and communication (IEC) campaign was responsible for this dramatic drop. Laxmi Nair finds out more about the campaign


The Condom Bar

A bar that sells condoms along with the usual fare and is supported by the government has to be a first. Nirupama Dutt visits the bar in Chandigarh which is doing its bit to raise awareness about AIDS