COMMUNITY OUTREACH SERVICES 

 

Under its community services arm, BMST enables awareness, referrals and preventive health services for gender and gender based violence issues, substance abuse, sexual and reproductive health, Hepatitis B and C, STIs and HIV/AIDS for adolescents and young adults.

.For school and college students, BMST developed the “Life Is Precious” adolescent health education series on Gender, Reproductive Health and HIV/AIDS substance abuse, sex and sexuality, child sexual abuse, reproductive health, STDs and HIV/AIDS,  All programme content is based on a “Values and Life Skills” approach.  These programmes are supported by inter-active teaching-learning aids using computer-based games and CDs.

For young adults in various industries, particularly in the garment sector, BMST developed the participatory “Namagaagi Naave” (NN) workplace program. Street theatre and folk art are extensively used to spread awareness about sensitive areas such as child sexual abuse, gender-based violence, sexual and reproductive health etc. These programs were funded by HIVOS and World Bank and effectively built the capacity of 500 Core Team members at 11 garment industries. BMST  partnered with several organizations for the NN program for service delivery, expertise and training for “Namagaagi Naave” such as Breakthrough (Gender and Violence), Family Planning Association of India (Sexual and Reproductive Health), TTK hospital and Research Institute (Alcohol and Drug Addiction), KNP+ (People living with HIV AIDS), Alcoholics Anonymous, Mahiti Infotech (innovative IVRS method for data collection) and  RTI (Research Triangle International) for the research component.

Feedback from HR at a garment unit

“This is a well-organized program. Earlier also we did so many programs with the workers but “Namagaagi Naave” program is totally different. Earlier we were getting cases but did not have much capacity to provide services to which we could refer them. Through this program we are 100% able to refer and solve their problems”.