Link Worker Scheme (LWS)

100 villages of Kolhapur District from nine subdistricts – taluka.

Awareness is an ongoing process. The activities are focused on identifying HRGs (High Risk Group), Bridge and PLHIV(People Living with HIV) to bring about attitudinal and behavioral change in rural area. The activities will focus on Behavior Change Communication, health care providers (for referrals), testing and treatment, holding health camps and Networking with other services for PLHIV –people living with HIV.

Rationale for the Intervention

  • Rural population more Vulnerable to HIV
  • Female sex workers based in rural areas, spouses of migrants and truckers may get affected and are not aware of their infection
  • Awareness motivates people to undergo HIV testing and helps in early detection
  • Early detection and in time treatment prevents development of AIDS, helps in getting better quality and quantity of life.
  • HIV/AIDS disproportionately affects young people
  • Educate people and try to minimize stigma and discrimination

Objectives and Services of Link Worker Scheme

  • Reach out to HRGs and rural population who are vulnerable in rural areas with information, knowledge, skills on Sexually Transmitted Infections /HIV prevention and risk reduction.
  • Increasing the availability and use of condoms among HRGs and other vulnerable men and women.
  • Establishing referral and follow-up linkages for various services including treatment for Sexually Transmitted Infections, testing and treatment for TB, HIV care and support services including ART.
  • Creating an enabling environment for PLHA (people living with HIV) and their families, reducing stigma and discrimination against them through interactions with existing community structures/ groups e.g.
  • Village Health Committees (VHC), Self Help groups (SHG)and Panchayat Raj Institutes (PRI).

Funding Agencies

  • National AIDS Control Organisation (NACO) through Avert
  • KHPT and presently though Maharashtra State AIDS Control Society (MSACS).
  • Maharashtra State AIDS Control Society (MSACS).

Implementation of Project : From March 2010

Indicator High Risk Group Bridge Male & Female Vulnerable Male & Female Total
Number Reached till Date 943 8895 17138 26976
ICTC Tested 891 5431 13048 19370
Identified Positive 36 30 106 172
STI Screened/ Treated 1170/284 4426/409 5831/979 11427/ 1672