Taking change to the grass roots

Taking change to the grass roots

Learning site in Mysore for all of Asia-Pacific

Mysore: Akram Pasha picks up the microphone in a swanky conference room at Ashodaya Academy in Mysore to address sex workers in a peer group training session. The 30 people in the room take notes and ask questions with a diligence most college professors would envy.

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Helping children bear the burden of AIDS

New Delhi: In the midst of the buzz and clamour around HIV/AIDS, one group often goes unattended—children, who suffer because they are either born with the disease or are born into a family afflicted by it. That may be changing now.

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In Chennai, sex reform over a glass of beer

Chennai: For the past two years, Mano, a slightly built 24-year-old soft-drink salesman, has had a task in hand while swigging beer at a dingy bar in Tamil Nadu’s capital. He is one of the 1,700 people recruited and trained by the Chennai-based Y.R. Gaitonde Centre for AIDS Research and Education (YRG CARE) over the past decade to inform fellow drinkers about moderate drinking and wearing a condom during sex.

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