Navigation Links
Snippy haircuts, snappier AIDS lessons from barbers

Under the shade of a tree or by the side of a bus stand, they snap up conversations with customers while giving them a shave or a haircut. But the barbers // aren't quite indulging in idle chitchat: they are talking HIV/AIDS.

In a novel initiative, 85 roadside barbers in the busy commercialised neighbourhood of Lajpat Nagar in south Delhi are spreading awareness about the disease and even distributing condoms to their clients every day.

Ram Kumar, 25, runs a typical Indian open-air salon - a makeshift shop with little more than a mirror and chair as infrastructure - by a bus stand.

"I have been distributing condoms and pamphlets to my customers for the last one year. Those who know about this scheme ask us about the condoms whenever they need it.

"Or else on the pretext of something we initiate the talk and ask them if they require condoms." Kumar on an average distributes 15 packs of condoms a week.

The barbers make sure there are stickers in Hindi or English - dispensing information about how HIV/AIDs spreads or can be prevented - stuck to the chair or mirror, knowing it will arouse the curiosity of the customer.

Rickshaw-pullers and labourers, mostly migrants, who constitute a high risk HIV/AIDS category, frequent these shops. So the project is an ideal way to reach out to them.

The "Barbers Intervention Programme" was formally started in March this year and is sponsored by the Swiss NGO Francois-Xavier Bagnoud (FXB-India). There are 5.1 million patients of the disease in India - the second highest incidence in the world after South Africa.

"We started the programme in 2001 as a pilot project and after receiving a positive response decided to begin it in a more organised way. We launched it full-fledged in Lajpat Nagar," said Manisha Pal, project coordinator of FXB-India.

So far, 13,000 packs of condoms have been distributed through these barbers.

"Ev ery week we assemble in a nearby park where we give them basic information about the disease. These barbers are told about everything, right from the causes, prevention, to where to get blood tests done.

"So many times they send people to us for counselling," said Pal.

Right in front of the main Lajpat Nagar market's bike stand is Dilshad, 40, who has been a barber for 20 years.

"I have made it a point to tell at least 10 customers about the disease daily." He said initially he was a bit shy about talking to his customers on HIV/AIDS or giving them condoms, but no more.

"Now my awareness level has increased and I am proud of my campaign to tell others about the silent killer," said Dilshad. Through sexual contact, blood transfusion or use of infected needles - he can rattle off the many ways in which HIV is transmitted.

He said while many of his customers seemed to have heard of the disease, they often did not know where to go for blood tests. The barbers themselves make sure they change the razor blade they use for each customer.

Just a few yards from Dilshad's open saloon is Habib, 64, who is busy giving a shave to a customer, and he too feels what he is doing is unparalleled work, as he is not paid for it.

"I feel great helping someone. At least, we are saving many lives by passing on the message. When we were young, things were much safer. But with time everything has changed."

Asked if he feels shy talking to youngsters about the disease, Habib said: "Why should I? Being an elder, it's my duty to teach right things to the youth. But, yeah, with the younger lots I start the topic with an obscene joke to open them up!"

Happy with the response in Lajpat Nagar, the NGO has expanded the project to Sangam Vihar in south Delhi.

Source: IANS
'"/>




Related medicine news :

1. High iron levels may cause Cardiovascular Disease in women
2. Air Pollution said To Increase Risk of Cardiovascular Disease
3. Link Between Alcohol Consumption And Cardiovascular Disease
4. Beer Found To Be Effective In Fighting Cardiovascular Disease
5. New Guidelines Found To Benefit Cardiovascular Treatment
6. Women With A High-Risk Of Cardiovascular Disease Under treated
7. Obesity and Physical inactivity is associated with Diabetes and Diabetes-Related Cardiovascular Comorbidities
8. Fitness levels in Men Correale with risk of Cardiovascular disease
9. Obesity Common Thread In Pregnancy Complications And Cardiovascular Woes
10. Olive Oil Found To Preserve Cardiovascular Health by Improving Function
11. Novel Rules And Regulations For Cardiovascular Catheterization Labs.
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:8/18/2017)... VA (PRWEB) , ... August 18, 2017 , ... ... asset protection services and financial consultations to communities throughout the greater DC region, ... K9 with the goal of rescuing local animals and training them to be ...
(Date:8/18/2017)... ... August 18, 2017 , ... MLM ... that serves communities throughout southern Florida, is working to support the Take Stock ... children from low income families. , The Take Stock In Children Foundation (TSC) ...
(Date:8/18/2017)... ... August 18, 2017 , ... The Golseth Agency, a ... Dallas/Fort Worth area, is spearheading a regional charity campaign organized to provide support to ... early June of this year, Christina and her children returned from out of town ...
(Date:8/18/2017)... ... ... and Overseer at The House of Yahweh in Abilene, Texas, has released a new publication ... mother of the Savior whom the world calls “Mother Mary”. Yisrayl says when compared to ... this historical woman. , “The world bows, kisses the feet of, cries out to ...
(Date:8/18/2017)... , ... August 18, 2017 , ... ... and call tracking and monitoring solutions, announced today the launch of a redesigned ... a modern navigation and aesthetic, fully responsive design, and an enhanced search directory ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:7/31/2017)... MEMPHIS, Tenn. , July 31, 2017 Three Tru-D ... in Yongsan, South Korea . Tru-D, short for "Total ... patient and operating rooms after an environmental services (ES) professional cleans the ... ... "Although ...
(Date:7/28/2017)... CHICAGO, July 28, 2017 Hill-Rom Holdings, Inc. ... fiscal third quarter ended June 30, 2017, and updated ... For the fiscal third quarter, ... to $0.68 per diluted share in the prior-year period. ... of $0.39 per diluted share primarily related to the ...
(Date:7/27/2017)... 27, 2017  Zimmer Biomet Holdings, Inc. (NYSE and ... June 30, 2017.  The Company reported second quarter net ... the prior year period, and an increase of 2.1% ... points of contribution from the LDR Holding Corporation acquisition, ... quarter of 2016, or 0.3% on a constant currency ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: