Navigation Links
India to Market Female Condoms

Chennai, March 14 (IANS) India Wednesday launched a major initiative to introduce female condoms across the country, with an NGO// in Tamil Nadu planning a usage study in six districts.

The central government, in collaboration with the Hindustan Latex Ltd and the National Aids Control Organisation (NACO) began a nationwide initiative in October to provide female condoms at just Rs.3 to NGOs working with female sex workers.

The government has decided to distribute 500,000 female condoms by June in the first phase at a cost of Rs.180,000 in its second line of defence against HIV/AIDS, said a Tamil Nadu State Aids Control Society (TANSACS) official here.

The project will reach out to 11,000 sex workers in the country with the help of 400 civil society groups. The first part of the initiative, to cover 3,000 sex workers, will be completed by the year-end.

The scheme is being implemented in eight states simultaneously, with an initial acceptability study done in Tamil Nadu and an operation research study in Gujarat and West Bengal.

TANSACS Wednesday announced that it has acquired 60,000 female condoms and has begun distributing them through six NGOs in Kanyakumari, Madurai, Tiruchirapally, Salem, Vellore and Chennai.

'It is for the first time that a government (the Tamil Nadu government) is supporting such a pilot project,' TANSACS project director Supriya Sahu told IANS.

'We are looking at the reproductive rights of women directly. Most women do not have this right to choose. This is a HIV-AIDS prevention tool under a woman's control,' she said. 'For the first time, a woman will have a preventive tool in her own hand.'

'We will monitor and make public our findings on acceptability, usage and efficacy by April in a report,' said Sahu. TANSACS will also reach female condoms to another 800,000 women through self-help groups, she added.

A study in the late '90s foun d 60 percent of sex workers in Tamil Nadu willing to use female condoms.

Each female condom costs Rs.50, but Hindustan Latex has made them available to NACO at a subsidy. NACO will distribute condoms to community health workers in ongoing AIDS prevention programmes among commercial sex workers.

The community worker will get one condom at Rs.3 and will be allowed to sell it to the user, a female commercial sex worker, at Rs.5 as there has to be a 30 percent cost recovery for the programme to succeed.

NACO is making the condoms available to AIDS control societies in Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Gujarat, West Bengal and Uttar Pradesh.


Related medicine news :

1. Is Diabetes the Leading Cause of Kidney Failure in India
2. AIDS Disaster in India is Imminent
3. Indian Prime Minister has successful Knee Replacement Surgery
4. International community warns India on HIV situation
5. India takes on foot-and-mouth disease by vaccinating animals
6. Development of AIDS vaccine -- Chiron Corp in talks with four Indian cos
7. India to benefit from pharma companies move
8. Healthcare sector is now a multi billion-dollar industry in India
9. The World Bank funds private Hospital in India
10. Parke-Davis (India) runs into rough weather – Court orders attachment of asset
11. Indian Doctor granted US patent on organ regeneration
Post Your Comments:

(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... Those who have experienced traumatic ... many turn to unhealthy avenues, such as drug or alcohol abuse, as a coping ... released tools for healthy coping following a traumatic event. , Trauma sufferers tend to ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... ... was in a crisis. Her son James, eight, was out of control. Prone to extreme ... “When something upset him, he couldn’t control his emotions,” remembers Marcy. “If there was ... other children and say he was going to kill them. If we were driving ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... Fla. (PRWEB) , ... June 24, 2016 , ... Global ... Trend magazine’s 2016 Legal Elite. The attorneys chosen by their peers for this recognition ... Florida. , Seven Greenberg Traurig Shareholders received special honors as members of this year’s ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... Comfort Keepers® of San Diego, CA is excited ... To Recovery® program to drive cancer patients to and from their cancer treatments. ... highest quality of life and ongoing independence. Getting to and from medical treatments ...
(Date:6/24/2016)... ... June 24, 2016 , ... People across the U.S. are sharpening their pencils ... an essay contest in which patients and their families pay tribute to a genetic ... 2016 National Society of Genetic Counselors (NSGC) Annual Education Conference (AEC) this September. ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:6/23/2016)... Calif. , June 23, 2016 ... CST on Thursday, July 7, 2016 , , , , ... ) , , , , EXPERT PANELISTS:  , , ... Naik; Senior Industry Analyst, Christi Bird; Senior Industry Analyst, Divyaa Ravishankar ... The global pharmaceutical industry is witnessing an exceptional ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... 2016 Revolutionary technology includes multi-speaker ... , industry leaders in advanced audiology and hearing aid ... Opn ™, the world,s first internet connected hearing aid ... devices.      (Photo: ) ... of ,world firsts,: , TwinLink™ - the ...
(Date:6/23/2016)... June 23, 2016 Research and ... Procedure Volumes: Global Analysis (United States, China, Japan, Brazil, ... report to their offering. ... for healthcare business planners, provides surgical procedure volume data ... trends with an in-depth analysis of growth drivers and ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: