Technology to achieve Zero Stigma and Discrimination in Tamil Nadu
Tamil Nadu Government is implementing Health and Social welfare programs for the High risk groups, Transgenders, Female Sex workers, Men having sex with men and people living with HIV/AIDS.
Toll free Help line number 1800-419- 1800 for providing information and awareness about HIV/AIDS to the General public is being implemented by Tamil Nadu State AIDS Control Society (TANSACS).
As a pilot study, under special scheme Tamil Nadu State AIDS Control Society (TANSACS) has proposed to connect this toll-free help line number with cloud based online portal. In Chennai, Trichy, Salem and Madurai districts, the High Risk Groups can register stigma and discrimination complaints directly to TANSACS on 24X7 basis which will be indicated in the monitor established in the TANSACS, Project Director’s Chamber. The nature of complaints- time, place will be flashed in the screen for immediate action. The primary action will be taken by the respective District AIDS Prevention and Control Units (DAPCUs).
The representatives of High risk groups, Transgenders, Female Sex workers, Men having sex with men and people living with HIV/AIDS and retired officials from Police and Law department will act as honorary Consultants along with TANSACS officers.
Since the violence is being directly addressed to the Project Director, Stigma and discrimination issues will be reduced to a greater extent.