Samvedana Plus: Reducing violence and increasing condom use in the intimate partnerships of female sex workers.
Karnataka Health Promotion Trust is implementing Samvedana Plus with 800 female sex workers and their intimate partners, in partnership with Chaitanya AIDS Tadegattwa Mahila Sangha, a community-based organisation (CBO) of sex workers in northern Karnataka, India. The programme runs with support from the United Nations Trust Fund to End Violence Against Women (UNTF), What Works to Prevent Violence against Women and Girls consortium and the University of Manitoba. Within DFID –funded STRIVE consortium, KHPT and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine are evaluating the impact.
Bagalkot district, North Karnataka, 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. The intervention works at three level: Individual level (FSWs and IPs); CBO and Community with effective strategies to shift social norms, challenge gender roles 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.
June 2014 Sep 2014 - Quantitative study, Baseline with FSWs; Qualitative study, Longitudinal case studies with FSWs and IP (Baseline); Qualitative study, In-depth interviews with counsellors (Baseline)
Feb 2015-March 2015 - Quantitative study, Baseline with IPs
March 2016 –May 2016- Quantitative, Baseline report; Quantitative study, Manuscript on baseline findings; Qualitative study, Longitudinal case studies with FSWs and IP (Midline); Qualitative study-In-depth interviews with counsellors (Midline); Quantitative study, Midline survey with FSWs.
April 2017-June 2017 - Qualitative study, Longitudinal case studies with FSWs and IP (Endline); Qualitative study, In-depth interviews with counsellors (Endline); Quantitative study, Endline survey with IPs; Quantitative study, Endline survey with FSWs; Quantitative study, Quantitative endline report; Qualitative study, Manuscript on midline and endline findings
UNDER REVIEW - Qualitative study, Manuscript on baseline findings and Manuscript on Community Based Research Methods (CBR).
Raghavendra Thalinja, Project Director, Karnataka Health Promotion