In India since 1991, the François-Xavier Bagnoud association has been developing programs which have helped tens of thousands of people from poverty stricken areas, providing access to health services, clean water and sanitation; as well as adequate HIV and other disease prevention awareness to regain respect and self-esteem.
Throughout India, in addition to FXB centers, the association organizes programs that target marginalized, destitute and vulnerable populations in areas where HIV rates and the number of orphaned children are higher than the national average.
Hence, in the various states in which it operates, FXB organizes awareness and information programs on issues such as the prevention and transmission of AIDS as well as other sexually transmitted infections (STIs). They also encourage voluntary testing which has been designed to prevent HIV transmission from mother to child. For more information please visit: http://fxbsuraksha.in/
An overview of our programs in India
Promote women’s capacity development – Gender equality is at the heart of achieving the Millennium Development Goals. Without this, we will not overcome hunger, poverty or disease. To provide women with equal opportunity to intervene in decisions that affect their lives and those of their family is providing them with the key to their freedom. FXB trains women to become social entrepreneurs who can bring innovative solutions to pressing problems within their communities.
Since 2010, three production units of low cost sanitary napkins have been launched. Sixty women now have a regular job and all the women in the surrounding areas have access to sanitary napkins at reasonable prices. This improves personal hygiene, health and gives them dignity and confidence – specifically for young students who would not necessarily attend class when they were indisposed.
FXB day care for children from the Jaipur train station (Rajasthan) – In Rajasthan, the “Street Children” program set up by FXB welcomes 45 children every day who live in the train station, an all-too-common occurrence in India. For these boys and girls aged 4 to 18 years, the FXB shelter is their only home. They receive food, psychosocial assistance, hygiene and medical care, informal education and opportunities for the older ones to be trained to work.
HIV prevention programs for people living with HIV/AIDS
1. Workplace HIV/AIDS Prevention Program (Uttar Pradesh): access to information and treatment: prevention campaigns directly conducted in the workplace and mainly addressed to migrant workers in the construction sector.
2. Community Care Center for people living with HIV in Jodhpur (Rajasthan): a global medical approach (healthcare, counseling, psychosocial support, awareness, guidance provided on the appropriate medical structures and treatments).
CHILDLINE 1098 – toll-free telephone number for children in distress (Noida – Uttar Pradesh) – CHILDLINE 1098, a toll free number, is India’s first 24-hour helpline for children in distress. The service is supported by the Union Ministry of Women and Child Development and operates in 133 cities and districts across India. FXB Inde Suraksha is CHILDLINE’s partner for the Gautam Budh Nagar district (NCR).
WASH program (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene) (Jarkhand) – In Jarkhand, FXB works to develop a major WASH program addressed to more than 12,000 people.
Health and Education program in Jaisalmer (Rajasthan) – The program, implemented in the Panchayat Lawan communities in Jaisalmer, aims to reduce school dropout rates and to promote equitable access to education, especially for girls, as well as access to adequate medical care. Also included in the program is a key module on basic hygiene (WASH) and HIV/AIDS.
Education center for tribal children (Vishakapatnam, Andhra Pradesh) – The center provides academic support to 30 young children aged from 6-11 years old, from tribal communities in the Vishakapatnam district. A young girl with the same background is in charge of supervising the children on a volunteering basis. She holds a Master of Social Work degree and offers an excellent example of the worthiness of education within an environment where children, and particularly girls, drop out of school too frequently.
Development program for vulnerable populations of remote villages in Chhattisgarh state – The project promotes community activities within the vulnerable populations in Chhattisgarh state enabling them to access a better education, healthcare and income generating projects in order to improve their living conditions and quality of life.
- For many years, the FXB Asha Sadan day care in Goa welcomed nearly 200 children of prostitutes. Among them, 15% were HIV-infected. FXB has also supported an orphanage for girls and an orphanage for boys in the Goa region.
- From 2003 to 2010, FXB conducted programs focusing on HIV/AIDS and human rights in 28 states and seven union territories of India. The association has established a network of 10,000 barbers who were trained to raise HIV awareness among their customers. In November 2003, at the inauguration ceremony of the 4th International Conference on AIDS in India, held in Chennai, Albina du Boisrouvray received the “Lifetime Contribution Award” in recognition of all the actions carried out in the states and territories of India.