Publications Information Education Communication Material

Information Education Communication Material

Antenatal care…

Antenatal care…

Antenatal care

The IEC materials in this section were prepared as part of the Prayas PMTCT program. The needs of HIV non-infected women cannot be neglected in a PMTCT program. The PMTCT program provided us with an opportunity to work for a larger public health issue. We therefore integrated PMTCT activities with Reproductive and Child Health (RCH) services. To make comprehensive antenatal counseling easy and to have a better impact these materials were developed as tools in the hands of pregnant women and their health care providers.

आई होताना (Aai Hotana) (Marathi) (English)
An intensely sensitive, simple yet visually attractive booklet for pregnant women.
This book has been translated to Hindi (माँ बननेसे पेहले), English (Becoming a Mother) and Kannada.
This book has also been developed in Braille for visually impaired individuals.

Pre-test counseling card for HIV testing during pregnancy 
WHO/UNAIDS guidelines state that HIV/AIDS counseling is mandatory before providing HIV testing. Government of India is also actively emphasizing the necessity of HIV counseling. This is so because diagnosis of HIV in an otherwise healthy individual induces a series of psychological reactions like denial, anger, anxiety, depression, fear etc. (NACO, 2007)

HIV testing during pregnancy is done almost universally. However, especially in the private sector, pre-test HIV counseling is hardly ever provided before testing the women. HIV prevalence in India being low (around 5 HIV infected women/1000 pregnant women tested), access to limited resources and for want of time, pre-test HIV counseling remains a neglected area.
To bridge this gap between pre-test HIV counseling and HIV testing, Prayas developed a pre-test counseling card. It explains the reason and significance of testing the woman for HIV in her pregnancy. 
The language used is easy to comprehend. Any person who has completed primary education would be able to read this card. It takes about 10 minutes to read out the card to the woman. Thus, it becomes a good tool in the hands of health care providers who otherwise avoid pre test counseling before HIV testing. Pre test counseling using this card can be done with a group of women as well.
This card is available is Marathi and English.
Click to DOWNLOAD Pre-test counseling card in English

Pre and post test counseling card for HIV testing for women presenting in labor 
A woman presenting in labor is in no condition to listen to the counseling and wants relief from her pain. However, if she has not been previously tested for HIV or if the doctor suggests a repeat test, pre-test counseling is essential. 
Prayas developed this brief card in order to address the issue of pre and post test counseling for women presenting in labor. 
This is a concise card covering minimal yet essential points of pre and post test HIV counseling. This could be read out to the women in about 4-5 minutes.    
This card is available is Marathi and English. 
Click to DOWNLOAD pre and post test counseling card in English

Trimester specific information cards for pregnant women 
Providing antenatal counseling to pregnant women is not a norm in India. Some doctors do provide information to pregnant women. However, this information is either difficult to comprehend or is too general and seldom answers specific issues that a pregnant woman may face.  
Prayas developed these innovative trimester specific cards to address the issue of antenatal counseling in a succinct fashion. 
These cards respond to the trimester wise issues and complaints faced by women during pregnancy and specify do’s and don’ts during that particular trimester. Some stickers have also been prepared which could be stuck on the card if the woman has any specific complaint. For example: Information if the blood group is Rh –ve, if woman has low Hb, if she is expecting twins and so on. The cards also have some empty space where woman specific advice could be written by the counselor or the doctor.
The set contains 4 cards; 3 cards for 3 trimesters during pregnancy and the 4th card about baby care after delivery.
These cards are available in Marathi, Kannada and English.
Click to DOWNLOAD Trimester specific cards in English

The use of these materials is not limited for the patients coming to Prayas but can be used by any health care providers as per their requirement.

 

HIV infected pregnant women…

HIV infected pregnant women…

HIV infected  pregnant women

HIV Infected  Pregnant Women

तरीसुद्धा, आई होताना (Tarisuddha Aai Hotana) (Marathi)
For HIV infected pregnant women opting to continue with pregnancy. This is a user friendly booklet written in a style of personal notes of an HIV infected pregnant woman.
  Information card giving details about ART (Marathi) 
This card is meant for HIV infected pregnant women and their health care providers. It gives details about ART medicines taken during pregnancy. It also specifies ART medicines to be taken during delivery and given to the woman and the baby post delivery.
  Information cards regarding infant feeding options (Marathi)
There are two cards giving information about the do's and don’ts to be followed while breast feeding or formula feeding the baby. HIV infected women choosing any of the option is provided with the appropriate card.


 

 

HIV infected individuals…

HIV infected individuals…

HIV infected individuals

HIV infected individuals

औषधं सुरू करताना (Aushadha Suru Karatana) (Marathi) – A booklet for HIV infected individuals who need to start ART or are already on ART. The book has been written in the form of a narration by a person, who now needs to start ART. It covers all the questions generally asked by patients while starting ART. It describes the significance of ART, importance of adherence, resistance to drugs, relevance of routine tests, side effects of ART and home-based care for the same.

 

 

 

Stories-Yours and Mine... (English)

 

 

गोष्टी माझ्या तुझ्या... (Marathi)

Stories- Yours and Mine... (English)

Many men and women have questions about sexual relationships, marriage, pregnancy, or what contraceptive methods to use to avoid pregnancy. It is often forgotten by society that the individual is not just a father or a mother but an individual as well, with his or her own mind and emotions.

There are seven stories in this booklet. Each story explores different aspects of relationships between men and women, while considering women to be women and not only mothers. Though these stories are located in a specific context, the diverse issues raised by them bring us closer to our experiences in the emotional realm, make us think, and support us.

Author:  Sanjeevani Kulkarni,  Mohan Deshpande,  Shrinivas Darak

Translated by Dr. Benazir  Baig 

Year of Publication: 2013             

 

 

 

 

 

 

HIV Infected Children and Their Caregiver…

HIV Infected Children and Their Caregiver…

HIV Infected Children and Their Caregiver

IEC Material for HIV infected children and their caregivers

डॉक्टरकाकांकडे गेल्यावर (Doctor Kakankade Gelyavar) (Marathi) (English) – A chronically ill child has to undergo several medical procedures like blood testing, scans, sonography etc. on multiple occasions. If prepared before hand, it becomes easier for them to take on these procedures. This beautifully illustrated book would help caregivers prepare their child to handle such procedures. The book also talks about importance of tests, adherence to medicines, good eating habits and so on. HIV is not mentioned anywhere in the book and hence can also be used for children suffering from other chronic diseases apart from HIV.

निगराणी (Nigrani) (Marathi) –This book is aimed at parents, caregivers or institutional care-providers of HIV infected children. The booklet gives messages in simple yet appealing language. It informs caregivers about the importance of early diagnosis in children, care of HIV infected children – nutrition, immunization growth monitoring, significance of ART and adherence, issues around disclosure and so on.
 

कळलं तेव्हा… (When I came to know about …)

The children who participated in the ‘sexuality and growing up’ workshop, formed a group called ‘So What!’  and started meeting regularly to plan further activities.  The role of Prayas in such meetings was to allow them to use the meeting hall at Prayas office and offer tea /coffee if they wanted.  Sometimes they used to ask if one of us could attend the meeting and give technical inputs if they had any queries.  In one of such meetings, they said unanimously that the most striking problem that obstructed their emotional growth and vigor to live life was lack of proper disclosure of their HIV status to them.

While discussing about what we could do to encourage, accelerate and facilitate the process of disclosure, they came up with an idea of publishing a book consisting of their experiences regarding disclosure: how it happened, what was its impact and how it could have been done so that they could have coped better with the situation.  Since most of them had very little experience of writing, they talked on one to one basis to one of our counselors who was involved in the coordination of the workshops and made friends with them. She recorded and then transcribed their stories.  These were then refined and edited along with the children. This way seven biographic articles were ready and are published as a book, namely ‘कळलं तेव्हा…’ .

This book is meant to motivate parents who have not yet disclosed the HIV status to their child to disclose.

 

Kaa ani Kasa???: This book is meant for adolescents living with HIV(ALHIV). It tries to look at the various social issues and challenges faced by ALHIV. It has been developed in the form of frequently asked questions and their answers.

Year of publication: 2014

 

Sangopan (Marathi): This book is meant for counselors and care givers of children living with HIV. It tries to guide these caregivers on how to nurture these children with care, love and confidence. It tries to answer the questions and difficulties faced by the care givers while nurturing these children from the infancy to adulthood.

Year of publication: 2014

  Dostichya Aadhik Goshti (Marathi(Pal-O-Mine): This book contains eight stories which explore different aspects of friendship for adolescents and young people living with HIV. It is an attempt to explore different shades of friendship and how these friendships positively shape lives for everybody may it be infected or uninfected.

Year of publication: 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

Health Care Providers…

Health Care Providers…

Health Care Providers

Health Care Providers

अनावरण (Anavaran) (Marathi) – A booklet for professionals working in the social sector exploring the issue of disclosure in the context of HIV/AIDS. It deals with the complexity of multiple issues related to disclosure. The booklet talks about disclosures of many kinds such as disclosure in health care setting, partner disclosure, pediatric disclosure, etc. The booklet also explores other issues related to the process of counseling of HIV infected adults and children.
एच.आय.व्ही.-एड्स? डॉक्टरांसमोर नेहमी येणारे काही प्रश्न आणि त्यांची उत्तरे
(HIV/AIDS? Doctoransamor Nehmi Yenare Prashna Ani Tyachi Uttara) (Marathi)
A booklet for general practitioners about frequently asked question by patients about HIV/AIDS and their answers. This succinct booklet is a handy tool for those practitioners working in remote areas with limited access to resources.
This booklet also contains information about when to suggest HIV test to patient, points to be discussed with patients while suggesting HIV testing, HIV testing protocol for adults, flow chart if HIV test comes positive and so on.
 

Phukani: This book was prepared for the training of ASHA workers and Aanganwadi workers on issues related to PMTCT. It is in the form of a module in which a very effective tool of storytelling with the help of pictures is used. The pictures required for training are provided in the module.

Year of publication: 2014

 

 

 

Module for conducting Growing up with HIV and Transitioning to Adolescents workshops (GUWHATTA) - This module is targeted at trainers from organizations/health care providers working for ALHIV. This training module is prepared in Marathi as well as English language. It provides the details of the methodologies and tools used during workshop.

Other IEC Material…

Other IEC Material…

Other IEC Material

Since the initial days of work, Prayas has always emphasized on dissemination of information to wide masses in order to raise awareness levels about HIV/AIDS. The following booklets were prepared to sensitize specific populations about different aspects of HIV/AIDS. As the context changed, the information in these booklets became obsolete. These books are now out of print.

प्रश्न आपला, उत्तर आपलेच (Prashna Aapla, Uttar Aaplech) (Marathi) – A quick read booklet for HIV infected individuals about issues they face after coming to know about their disease status. This booklet gives short essential messages to the reader.
Year of Publication: 2002
पुढे काय? (Pudhe Kay?) (Marathi) – This comprehensive book was written for HIV infected individuals and family members. It provides elaborate answers to questions faced by an HIV infected individual and his/her family members. This book was written at the time when ART was not readily available and was extremely expensive. 
Year of Publication: 1999
एच.आय.व्ही./एड्स म्हणजे आहे तरी काय? (HIV/AIDS Mhanaje Ahetari Kay?) (Marathi)
An awareness booklet for media personnel about the disease.
Year of Publication: 1999
माध्यमांशी मैत्री (Madhyamanshi Maitri) (Marathi)
This booklet was written for sensitizing media persons about writing about HIV/AIDS in order to curb the epidemic. 
Year of Publication: 1999
 

Children and HIV (English) –
A compilation of articles dealing with different aspects of HIV/AIDS in children.

 

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