About the Program

Delhi Technical Support Unit (DL TSU) was estbalished in 2014 to support Delhi State AIDS Control Society (DSACS) to achieve a high level of coverage and ensure quality of its HIV prevention, treatment and care programmes, delivered under NACO’s Targeted Intervention Program.

The TSU supports DSACS in implementing 78 Targeted Intervention programs in partnership with 60 NGOs/CBOs in Delhi to support high risk groups that include Key Population: Female Sex Workers, Men who have Sex with Men, People Who Inject Drugs and Transgenders, and Bridge Population: Migrants and Truckers. 

DELHI IN NUMBERS

THE APPROACH

Delhi TSU provides technical and management support to DSACS for HIV prevention. IHAT takes an evidence driven approach to strategic planning, resource management, capacity building and program monitoring to strengthen Targeted Interventions focused on providing HIV prevention, care and support services to population groups at high risk.

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What We Do

  • Virtual Intervention

With the rise in usage of internet and mobile applications, the MSM community has shifted to virtual platforms such as websites, dating apps and social media for solicitation and networking. The virtual intervention is an innovative web based communication strategy which aims to identify and link the virtual network based MSMs with HIV prevention services. The MSM community can access counseling services, free condoms delivered to their door-step, appointment booking for HIV testing and STI screening and information and educational material on HIV.

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  • Network Operator Approach

The organisation and practice of FSWs in Delhi has shifted from largely hotspot based geographical networking to virtual networking through the increased use of mobile phones, internet and social media. Different types of networks have emerged, making it difficult to reach out to the individual FSWs with the traditional strategies. FSWs operate through Network Operators, including pimps, madams, local vendors, clients and auto drivers for example. To address this changing pattern, DSACS and the Delhi TSU has implemented a program to engage Network Operators in effort to ensure that FSWs working through Network Operators have access to HIV prevention services and supports. Through consultations, trainings and regular meetings, the Network Operators are sensitised about HIV, methods for HIV prevention and the importance of regular HIV testing and other services offered through the TI programs.

  • Project Spa Wellness

Project Spa Wellness is an HIV prevention intervention designed and implemented to reach FSWs and MSMs engaged in sex work through massage parlors and spas. Five FSW TIs and one MSM TI are providing HIV prevention services to KPs associated with massage parlors. Services include community based screening and door step services like counselling, condom distribution and HIV & Syphilis screening. The massage parlor owners/managers are also sensitised through education programs.

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Our Impact

Our Impact

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Over 4
Lakh

Key Populations reached every year for HIV Prevention and Care program through the Targeted Intervention program

50,000+

Female Sex Workers reached every year for HIV Prevention and Care program through the Targeted Intervention program

16K+

Men who have Sex with Men reached every year for HIV Prevention and Care program through the Targeted Intervention program

Over
8.5K

Transgenders reached every year for HIV Prevention and Care program through the Targeted Intervention program

13311

People Who Inject Drugs reached every year for HIV Prevention and Care program through the Targeted Intervention program

267911

Migrants reached every year for HIV Prevention and Care program through the Targeted Intervention program

45736

Truckers reached every year for HIV Prevention and Care program through the Targeted Intervention program

About
1400

Targeted Intervention staff trained every year on HIV/AIDS prevention programs and TB

78

Targeted Intervention Doctors are trained on STI management every year through onsite & classroom trainings

11

Opioid substitution therapy (OST) doctors and 34 other staff member trained on OST program

About
1900

Network Operators/Pimps sensitised on HIV/AIDS and the TI program

Around 70,000

Migrant workers in 32 industries sensitised on HIV/AIDS every year. Trained 150 master trainers trained on HIV/AIDS screening

35

Medical and Paramedical staff trained on HIV prevention, treatment and OST services in Tihar Jail.

Around
60

Inmates in two Swadhar Gher sensitised on HIV/AIDS

Resources

HIV Intervention in Spas and Massage Parlours in Delhi

With the evolution of sex work patterns, newer physical places like Spas and Massage Parlours are emerging as new venues for sex work. The traditional peer-educator based Targeted Interventions reach out to the Key Population at geographical hotspots. However, these new venues are often unreached. DL TSU, in collaboration with DSACS, identified this implementation gap and supported DSACS to design this intervention to reach out and provide HIV services to the FSWs and MSMs who engage in sex work through Spas and Massage Parlours in Delhi.

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The Network Operator Approach strengthens the outreach of HIV services for Female Sex Workers in Delhi

The expansion of mobile technology and use of mobile phones have led to changes in the patterns of sex work solicitation among female sex workers (FSWs). FSWs have also increased their dependence on mediators termed ‘Network Operators’ (NWOs) for client solicitation. This Implementation Brief describes the NWO approach that the Targeted Interventions in Delhi adopted in order to reach out and facilitate linkage to HIV services for this hidden FSW population. The DL TSU technically supported the DSACS to design, train implementers and evaluate this strategy.

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An Evidence Brief on Mapping and Size Estimation of MSMs active on Virtual Platforms in Delhi

This report shares a key evidence from a mapping & size estimation effort that reveals how a significant number of MSMs in the Delhi NCT are on multiple virtual platforms. It also highlights that not many of them have been contacted by conventional Targeted Interventions. This establishes the need & opportunity for a specially-designed virtual intervention to reach out to the MSM population with HIV prevention, treatment and care services.

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