Over the years as the government’s health system and the primary health care systems in rural villages have expanded to serve the surrounding villages with new healthcare initiatives, Russ Foundation has moved its community action programmes to more remote villages with limited transport services to avoid overlapping. The goal of the programme is to improve the overall quality of life for PLHAs and their families who are affected by HIV/AIDS and to prevent further transmission of STIs, HIV/AIDS and to mainstream the initiatives with the general population.
Under the renewed Community Action and Care Programme, the three major components of HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis (TB) and Diabetes are addressed in addition to general healthcare. Other things covered by the programme include the Reproductive Child Health Programme, which covers many areas such as birth control, safe sex, HIV/AIDS awareness, health and sexual education, condom distribution and referral services are all carried out with mothers and children as the main beneficiaries. Also, the PNDT Act Programme, launched by the government to create awareness among the general population about the laws regarding sonograms, restricting the identification of the fetus’ gender which have been brought in to attempt to prevent female infanticide in the region.
Under the RNTCP, the Community Action and Care Programme team members along with the Targeted Intervention (TI) team members in Madurai have taken up the additional task of creating awareness on TB amongst both the urban and rural populations in the district. The programme is being carried out under the supervision of REACH-AXSHYA in collaboration with the RNTCP-Madurai. GKS meetings take place regularly in the villages to both create awareness and to follow up with people.