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'Aarambh’ –The word Aarambh is a Sanskrit word which means to begin. The Project Aarambh seeks to initiate knowledge and capacity building among young bi-cycle rickshaw pullers for HIV/AIDS.
Aarambh is being supported by Mtv and Staying Alive Foundation ,UK.

Project 'Aarambh' is dedicated towards building the knowledge and capacity on HIV/AIDS & Reproductive Health of highly marginalized and socially excluded community of bi-cycle rickshaw pullers in India. It is estimated that there are around 8 million rickshaw pullers are in India. Presently there is no National or State level program which is focusing on the HIV and Reproductive health of rickshaw pullers.

Around 80 % RPs at any place are migrants and possess some common characteristics like risky sexual behavior, multiple sex partners, homo sex, substance abuse, illicit substances , use (Cannabis), lack of family planning etc. A major group of these RPs comprise of young population group between age of 14 – 32 years. The RPs are  also acting as a bridging population for HIV.

Aarambh will be focusing on creating and spreading awareness about HIV/AIDS & Reproductive Health through use of mid-media and other BCC material.  The awareness created by the project would result into demand generation by the community for the services like condoms, contraception, STDs/STIs clinical facilities etc.

In spite of such a potential importance of this population in the context of the HIV epidemic in India, there is little intervention activities toward this population; even the correlates of the HIV-related risk behaviors which are critical for a focused intervention program have never been identified. We therefore come up with project ‘Aarambh’ on the HIV-related risk behavior of rickshaw pullers and in Uttar Pradesh ,India.

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Jan 15, 2011, 7:35 AM
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