Female and Male Condom Demonstration ( participants reported seeing a female condom for the first time)
Abscess and Ulcer Management ( difference between ulcer and abscess and how to treat)
Field visit to ART Clinics( interactions with doctors, nurses, nutritionist, patients , pharmacists)
HIV and Nutrition
Impact of HIV on Children
Prevention of Parent to Child transmission
Legal and gender based rights in HIV care
Role of POWs in reducing stigma and discrimination in the community
Training Methodlogy most enjoyed and Learnt from:
'But Why Tree' used for PPTCT
'Debate' used for Support Group Formation
'Collage making ' to bring out the impact of HIV/Drugs on children
'Simulation exercises'' on
Role of community workers in reducing stigma and discrimination
Communication within a family affected by drugs and HIV
Condom demonstration(male) by participants and female condom demonstration by Consultant Trainer
Demonstration and hands on training on Abscess/Ulcer Management
PWN+ Coordinator presenting a collage prepared by the group on impact of HIV and drugs on children
1. Although, the participants were RSs, Team Leaders, Peer Outreach Workers and Key Contacts who are working in the area of drugs, they were not very adept with HIV care and support issues. This training empowered them on aspects of knowledge skills and attitude not only on HIV prevention but also care and support in the context of drug related HIV.
2. The participants in each training programme spoke myriad languages and thus the trainings were successfully completed in a multi-lingual manner by having the RSPs and the Key Contacts apart from consultant trainers and UNODC Consultant translate the information in the needed languages.
3. The participants had never visited an ART clinic and thus the visits which encouraged interaction with the staff and patients increased their awareness about drug related HIV treatment and care issues. This would also strengthen the referrals networks as the participants now have a clearer idea about the functioning of ART clinics.
4. Furthermore, since this training was with a focus on women, the female condom was a new concept for all the participants. The women participants reported feeling empowered and were very encouraged to impart their learning to the community of female dug users and female partners of drug users to prevent HIV and STDs
5. The participatory training methodology in addition to the minimal PowerPoint presentations and lectures made the trainings more interactive and hands on. The active involvement of participants in each of the sessions at the trainings gave them a sense of confidence and exposure to be able to carry forward the trainings at the partner NGO and demo-site level.
6. The very people namely the RSP and the KC who came in as trainees at the National level trainings had become co-trainers and assisted the Consultant Trainers at the sub-regional level. This was very satisfying as the whole idea behind these master trainings was to create a cadre of trainers, thus to see it unfold at the sub-regional trainings was a great boost. It is just 'a foot in the door' for the impact that these trainings can have if the action plans developed with all the participants at the trainings are implemented and followed through.
7. The impact of the Master trainings on Positive living was seen directly when the PWN+ Key contacts worked as co-trainers themselves and trained the women living with HIV on issues related to drugs and HIV care and support. These participants were members of PWN+ who represented various different states and regions from India and had no prior knowledge and experience about drug use and/or drug related HIV.