Targeted Intervention Projects to Be Increased in Kerala by KSACS

Published on: 13 May, 2014
Published under: Kerala Health News

Kerala State AIDS Control Society KSACS have decided to increase the number of Targeted Intervention Projects for migrant labors who mainly come from West Bengal, Bihar, Assam and Uttar Pradesh.The project aims at raising awareness among them also about other communicable diseases.

AIDS is not as prevalent in these states as it is in Karnataka or Andhra. However several diseases wiped out from Kerala – malaria, to name one – is yet to be eliminated in some of these states. The intervention programme will ensure that these diseases don’t make a comeback,’’ said KSACS Targeted Intervention project director Benny Joseph.

Each TI project is designed to reach out to 30,000 migrant workers. The first step in the intervention is to filter out those who fall under the AIDS high-risk category. Once they are identified, they are invited to integrated medical camps, where they go through medical tests for various diseases like malaria and leprosy, along with Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI). Awareness classes on these diseases are held in these camps

The migrant laborer population in the state is assessed to be over 25 lakh, according to a study published in 2013 by the Labor Ministry titled ‘Domestic Migrant Labourer in Kerala’. Their numbers are increasing each year. Their well-being is important to the state.


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