Hepatitis C is a major public health problem in India. There are limited studies on age and sex related prevalence of hepatitis C virus (HCV). As hepatitis C is a preventable disease, the burden of the disease could be reduced to a significant extent if its seroprevalence is better known in different age groups. Hepatitis C virus (HCV) is mostly transmitted through exposure to infective blood. This may happen through transfusions of HCV-contaminated blood and blood products, contaminated injections during medical procedures, and through injection drug use. Sexual transmission is also possible, but is much less common. The rural mass is unaware about the vaccine for HCV.Due to the lack of knowledge about the transmission of the HCV in the community and the front line worker the problem increasing day by day. This project will provide a better opportunity to work with community and the service provider to prevent the disease. UPVHA is already working on Tobacco Control, HIV/AIDS and have a good network of partner organizations to work on the Issue.
Proposed operational area under the Project is two blocks of two districts of Uttar Pradesh. 1. Block Wazirganj of Badaundistrict 2. Block Gilaula of Shravasti district. These districts are in 100 top priority districts for Government of India for social development.
UPVHA is implementing TCP with the financial support of Bloom berg Initiatives through The Union against Tuberculosis & Lung Disease, New Delhi from Sept. 2013 in twelve districts of Uttar Pradesh. The duration of the project is two years and will also continue advocacy efforts at the state level as well as grassroots level and monitoring of violation and reporting activities. UPVHA is also providing technical support to the state / district Tobacco Control Cell for effective enforcement of the COTPA 2003. During this period we are implementing the following activities for effective implementation of the COTPA (Cigarette and other Tobacco Products Act) in the state:
• Capacity building of the staff,
• Formation of the coalition in the state,
• Strategic planning with the coalition partners,
• Capacity building of different stake holders/ enforcement officers
• Sensitization of media on tobacco issue,
• Meeting with state/district tobacco control committees
• Monitoring and reporting of violation under the act.
• Political &Media advocacy for effective implementation of COTPA 2003
• Development of IEC material
T.I. project is being implemented by UPVHA in district Ambedkar Nagar with the financial support of U.P. State AIDS Control Society. In the first phase this project was implemented from June ‘08-March ’10. Under this project UPVHA is working with 400 female sex workers at the five locations in district Ambedkar Nagar. The main objective of this project is; To reduce the infection of STI among the female sex workers of the project area. The main activities conducted are:
• Community mobilization
• Enabling environment
• Training of peer group
• Training of volunteers support to PLWA
• STI treatment and counseling of FSW.
• Medical checkup