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Sankalp Rehabilitation Trust – India


A community-based organization, Sankalp Rehabilitation Trust operates from seven permanent sites to prevent and treat HIV and other opportunistic infections affecting injecting drug users. A team of outreach workers and peer educators, who are former or current drug users, reaches out to the community on the streets of Mumbai. Needle exchange, abscess management, and safe injecting education services are initiated through this point of first contact. Medical staff and social workers provide treatment, needle exchange programs, and counseling through home visits and in five drop-in centers in the city. Sankalp’s work includes an unprecedented program for injecting drug users in prisons, where it promotes awareness, encourages adherence to antiretrovirals, and offers counseling and medical visits. The organization has initiated a vocational skills training program designed to empower HIV-positive injecting drug users and help them to regain control over their economic and social lives.

On September 8, 2008, Sankalp Rehabilitation Trust opened a Drop-in Centre for women after having been exposed to many stories of gender inequality during the the Community Tequio in Mexico, 3- 8 August 2008. Since Mumbai has no services exclusively for women drug users, this drop-in centre will cater to the few who are struggling on the streets and hopefully motivate many more to come forward and access help. This is an example of how the Red Ribbon Award creates ripples that  can turn into waves of change.




+91 22 2380 3550
Website: http://www.sankalp.org.in/
Street Address: Topiwalla Municipal School, 1st Floor Street Opp. Lamington Road Police Station
Maharashtra, 400 007

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Sankalp Rehabilitation Trust - India
This truly outstanding organization offers HIV prevention and treatment services to injecting drug users in Mumbai, India.

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