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Building Resilience

Documentation of Community based approach to HIV and AIDS
VMM Experience 2000 - 2010

Vasavya Mahila Mandali (VMM) is a women led, secular, non government organisation working in the rural and urban areas of Andhra Pradesh. This document attempts to capture VMM's experience in addressing challenges and finding path breaking solutions that have informed national policies for over a decade.

(Partner : Vasavya Mahila Mandali, 2012)

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Shuru : Film

DVD, 35min, Bengali

"Shuru" means "beginnings" in Bengali. This film was created as a part of a training tool for NGOs beginning work on HIV/AIDS. The story helps facilitators raise fundamental discussions on transmission, prevention, counselling & testing, treatment, adolescent RCH & HIV, HIV/AIDS/STI services; stigma, discrimination and human rights.

(Partners : SAATHII, SPARSHA, 2008)


Field workers Ready Reckoners

This set of flip charts were developed to serve as quick references for field workers who already skilled at facilitating dialogues within rural communities. Topics covered in this series are; HIV/AIDS and TB

(Partner : CCF, 2008)

part of the Ready Reckoner set


Indian Initiative of Child Centered HIV & AIDS Approach is a project implemented by CINI and its partners in West Bengal, Jharkhand and Madhya Pradesh.

This toolkit was developed for facilitators to discuss with children, parents and the community, issues such as social support, parenting, disclosure, memory work, and coping with loss.

(Partner : CINI, 2007)

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Youth Awards for Social Initiatives (YASI)
2004 - 2005 : HIV/AIDS

Youth Awards for Social Initiatives (YASI) is planned as a periodic competitive event, open to youth networks including college students, NSS volunteers, and NYK member organisations. In 2004 - 05, the project theme was HIV/AIDS.

(Partners : WBSAPCS, B&L Co. Ltd., Thoughtshop Foundation, 2004 - 05)

more about YASI | YASI 04 - 05

Youth : Film

This short film called Invisible Virus describes global and local HIV/AIDS scenario (2005), sets a context for youth involvement, and calls for urgent youth action. Available in Bengali / English, 6 min., VCD


Youth : Documentary Film

This is a video documentation of 9 selected initiatives by youth teams under the YASI project. The film was screened at the YASI award ceremony to inspire and inform. Available in Bengali, 20 min., VCD


Youth : Audiovisual

Disha is the story that explores how HIV/AIDS affects the relationships of young men. The film helps raise issues like risk behaviour, risk perception, stigma discrimination and the importance of care and support. Available in Hindi, 20 min., VCD.

(Partner : PSI, 2003)

from the film Disha

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Youth : Training Kit

The HIV/AIDS Kit has been designed as a structured module for participatory workshops. The games and activities have been tested for over a year by trainers and peer educators in schools, colleges, youth clubs and slums. This methodology was used extensively in the YASI project.



It's My Life | HIV/AIDS Kit

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Adolescents and Youth: The Ask Project

Askline, a free tele-counselling service for young people, was initiated by Thoughtshop Foundation in October 1999, at a time when no such service existed in the region.

In 5 years, Askline logged over 10,000 calls on issues related to sexuality, HIV/AIDS and other adolescent problems. All calls were documented and analysed to plan different kinds of intervention strategies, including Ignited Minds, the It's My Life series of workshops and the HIV Kit.


askline poster

more about the ASK project

Migrant workers and their families at source : Strategy and Campaign
We developed a communication strategy, project identity, and an array of communication aids to complement the HAMARA project in Churu, Jhunjhunu and Sikar districts of Rajasthan.

(Partner : ICHAP, 2004)

Hamara  project identity

Port Communities and Truckers : Strategy and Campaign

We developed a communication strategy and an array of communication aids to complement PSI's field-based, educator-driven activities at 3 eastern ports (Kidderpore, Haldia and Paradeep).

The package comprised posters, leaflets, comic leaflets, audio tapes and an audio visual film.

(Partner : PSI, 2003)

PSI Poster

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Migrant Workers at destination : Flip chart

A flip chart to be used by field workers with migrant workers on STD/HIV awareness.

(Partner : Bhorukha Public Welfare Trust, 2000)

Chhotu goes to the city

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Transport Company Executives : Publication

A publication on HIV/AIDS awareness targeted at Transport Company executives.

(Partner : Bhorukha Public Welfare Trust, 2000)

AIDS is affecting your business today

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Truckers : Film

A 20 minute video film "Suhana Safar" on HIV/AIDS awareness.

(Partner : Bhorukha Public Welfare Trust, 1997)

Industrial workers : Film

A 52 minute video film "Aakrant" on HIV/AIDS awareness.

(Partner : Bengal Chamber of Commerce and British Council, 1995)

World AIDS Day Campaigns

Media for the campaign included a 15 second TV spot, hoardings, stickers, a set of posters and press advertisements. The campaign won awards for best public service campaign from Srijan Samman, Kolkata in 2002.

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Family Health Awareness Campaigns

The brief for FHAC 2002 was to televise messages that would encourage people to approach health workers; for this a 30 second animated spot was produced. In 2003, similar messages were to be packaged for the radio. This time a folk song was produced in Hindi and Bengali.

FHAC logo


Hoarding Campaign : "Love Is..."

The brief was to create an ongoing campaign to deliver 4 key HIV/AIDS messages targeting urban young people. The messages were packaged using bright and happy visuals of a caring young couple with captions like *Love is keeping your partner safe...*. Media used included Government owned hoardings, bus panels and leaflets.

(Partner: WBSACS, 2000 - 04)

love is


Radio Series: Gyaner Alo Zindabad

A 12-episode radio programme on HIV/AIDS awareness for young people. Conducted in Bengali this programme involved young people from different schools and institutions in a quiz on HIV/AIDS. Listeners could also call in with their queries on HIV/AIDS, some of which were aired on the programme.

(Partner : DFID and WBSACS, 2001)

at the studio

Winner of the RAPA Award 2002

Newspaper Series: Ask Columns

An interactive monthly feature called ASK (AIDS, Sex and Knowledge for young people) in a leading English newspaper answering young people's questions on HIV/AIDS and reproductive health. The popularity of the ASK columns led to its compilation into a publication called the ASK booklet, which is still popular among students.

(Partner : The Statesman, March 1995- June 1996)

ASK feature

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Training of Trainers

We conduct TOTs for health workers and peer leaders to equip them to conduct participatory awareness programmes on HIV/AIDS. These are usually 3 day sessions that include modules on sexuality and counseling.

(2003 Ongoing)

integrated into
Youth Resource Cells Project
since 2009

Orientation Workshops

We conduct short participatory awareness programmes with schools, colleges, youth clubs, communities, factory workers. These are usually 2- 3 hour sessions and are conducted with group sizes of 50 participants.

(2002 Ongoing)

orientation workshop


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