Day-day activities carried out by Sahodaran:
Sahodaran offers a comprehensive package of HIV prevention services as part of its Targeted Intervention with MSM/TGs. Peer educators continually conduct one-on-one interactions at hot spots, while also fostering the development of small local support groups so that community members can better care for one another. Condom distribution and demo, STI referral and ICTC referral are also undertaken by peer educators. Focus groups are also periodically conducted at Sahodaran Unit 1 and 2 in order to sensitize community members about HIV prevention. Through networking with other NGOs, SHGs, youth groups, police, and PLHIV, Sahodaran has managed to mobilize an enormous number of MSM/TGs in the city of Chennai. One-on-one counseling is also provided in-office to all the MSM who approach for help, providing sufficient information, knowledge and understanding about STD/HIV/AIDS. As a part of promoting and creating awareness about safe sex, Sahodaran develops and distributes IEC material, as well as Behavior Change Communication materials developed through a consultation meeting with the guidance of a BCC Consultant. New materials are continually developed as per needs. The in-office Drop in center provides recreation and education for MSM, and peer educators attend DIC Meetings to discuss HIV/AIDS and psycho-social issues concerning MSM & TGs.Sahodaran also continuously trains new peer educators thus creating and ever-growing pool of knowledge on which the community can draw.
Special activities carried out by Sahodaran:
In addition to the above mentioned conventional strategies for conducting targeted interventions, Sahodaran has engaged in mid-media communication through its in-house cultural troupe to sensitize the public on both MSM and HIV/AIDS issues across the State of Tamil Nadu, and to advocate for non-discrimination. Sahodaran conducts annual day celebrations that provide a creative and empowering space for many sexual minorities to display their artistic talents. Sahodaran regularly performs at the Annual Koovagam festival near Villupuram, and at the annual Chennai Rainbow Pride March.. Sahodaran was awarded the best Cultural troupe award 2010 from NACO red ribbon express. Recently Sahodaran was also given a grant by TNSACS to conduct a cultural program at the Tambaram Sanatorium to entertain the HIV infected patients there.
Health camps are regularly conducted to reach MSM/TGs who cannot access clinics or hospital, checking up not only on STI/HIV, but also BP, Sugar, Skin test, Dental test. Crisis interventions are undertaken to assist community members experiencing violent situations with respect to police, goondas, family members, or intimate partners. Annual get togethers are organized for World AIDS Day, Transgenders day, and an annual excursion planned for staff. Stakeholders meetings are also held with non-community groups that are often interfacing with TG/MSM such as doctors, paramedics, and caretakerts of condom vending machines.