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Samvedana Plus: Reducing violence and increasing condom use in the intimate partnerships of female sex workers

Project Title

Samvedana Plus: Reducing violence and increasing condom use in the intimate partnerships of female sex workers

The Organisation

The project is being led by the Karnataka Health Promotion Trust in partnership with Chaitanya AIDS Tadegattwa Mahila Sangha and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.

Geographic Location

Bagalkot district, India

Summary of Intervention / Research

Samvedana Plus is an intervention and evaluation study to understand and address violence and HIV risk amongst the intimate partnerships of female sex workers. Karnataka Health Promotion Trust (KHPT) is implementing the programme, with 800 female sex workers (FSWs) and their intimate partners (IPs), in partnership with Chaitanya AIDS Tadegattuwa Mahila Sangha, a community-based organisation of FSWs in Karnataka, India.

The intervention provides individual and couple counselling to sex workers and their partners, strengthens sex worker collectives, and engages coordinated community response to shift social norms and prevent violence against women. The evaluation employs a cluster-randomised control trial design, including quantitative baseline, midline and endline assessments amongst FSWs, and baseline and endline assessments with their IPs; qualitative, longitudinal case studies with FSWs and their IPs; in-depth interviews with facilitators of the programme, and implementation monitoring. The study is investigating the relationship between social norms and HIV risk in the context of sex workers’ intimate partnerships and assess the efficacy of the intervention in modifying these norms.

Major Timeframes

June 2014 - Quantitative study, Baseline with FSWs

July 2014 - Qualitative study, Longitudinal case studies with FSWs and IP (Baseline)

September 2014 - Qualitative study, In-depth interviews with counsellors (Baseline)

Feb-March 2015 - Quantitative study, Baseline with IPs

March 2016 - Quantitative, Baseline report

April 2016 - Quantitative study, Manuscript on baseline findings

April-May 2016 - Qualitative study, Longitudinal case studies with FSWs and IP (Midline)

April-May 2016 - Qualitative study,In-depth interviews with counsellors (Midline)

May 2016 - Quantitative study, Midline survey with FSWs

April-May 2017 - Qualitative study, Longitudinal case studies with FSWs and IP (Endline)

April-May 2017 - Qualitative study, In-depth interviews with counsellors (Endline)

April-May 2017 - Quantitative study, Endline survey with IPs

May 2017 - Quantitative study, Endline survey with FSWs

June 2017 - Quantitative study, Quantitative endline report

June 2017 - Qualitative study, Manuscript on midline and endline findings

UNDER REVIEW -  Qualitative stud, Manuscript on baseline findings

UNDER REVIEW - Qualitative study, Manuscript on Community Based Research Methods (CBR)

Key Contact

Raghavendra Thalinja, Project Director, Karnataka Health Promotion

Website: http://www.khpt.org/

 

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