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AIDS Awareness

In the mid-90s, the Department of International Development, British High Commission, formed the Truckers Interim Coordination Unit (TICU) for a focused programme among truck drivers. We were one of the first organisations to be associated by becoming an intervention centre. In 1998, awareness and prevention programmes were initiated at the Hosur factories among convoy drivers through employee volunteerism. 56 employees from the Hosur Unit underwent trainers' training and took to counseling. The Company doctor prescribes necessary treatment which is funded by transport contractors. By persuading medical intervention among expectant HIV positive wives, many innocent lives have been saved.

In worker development programmes, employees are covered in batches. (Almost 100% of employees are covered on awareness. Employees have been trained as 'Peer Educators' who work as volunteers and continuously follow up employees' update on AIDS awareness.)

Outside the factory, camps and health education programmes like lectures, cycle rallies, film shows, exhibitions, etc. are conducted through our volunteers in co-operation with the AIDS Prevention and Control Project. We also provide counseling services at our Medical Center. Cases that require support services are sent to 'Seva Kendra' in Bangalore (an NGO backed by Rotary - TTK), RIDS (an NGO) in Hosur and Kingsley Community Centre - (an associate of Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation) in Krishnagiri.

We also have a Voluntary Counseling and Testing Center at Government Hospital, Hosur, where HIV tests are conducted. The NGOs referred above also provide palliative medicines free of cost. Condoms are supplied free of cost by APAC. At Hosur there are 22 outlets - both traditional and non-traditional - where condoms are made available at a subsidized price.