Culture, community networks, and HIV/AIDS outreach opportunities in a south Indian Siddha organization

Kaylan Baban, Scott R. Ikeda, Deeangelee Pooran, Nils Hennig, Debbie Indyk, Henry Sacks, George Carter

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Abstract

Background: Gandeepam is an NGO in rural south India, with an HIV prevalence rate estimated at 2-7 times the national average. Aside from several outreach programs, Gandeepam practices Siddha medicine. Objective: Evaluate Gandeepam's strengths and opportunities to promote HIV education. Design: Three weeks of observing clinic practice, meeting patients, and discussing organizational structure. A survey of attitudes toward HIV was completed. Results: Gandeepam reaches a broad cross-section of its community, and effectively disseminates information. No primary HIV prevention efforts were observed. Conclusion: Current strengths include an established network for information dissemination, and a strong community reputation. Tremendous social obstacles for disseminating effective HIV prevention messages remain.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)77-92
Number of pages16
JournalSocial Work in Health Care
Volume42
Issue number3-4
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 25 2006
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • AIDS
  • Community
  • Education
  • HIV
  • India
  • Prevention
  • Siddha

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  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Health Policy

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Culture, community networks, and HIV/AIDS outreach opportunities in a south Indian Siddha organization. / Baban, Kaylan; Ikeda, Scott R.; Pooran, Deeangelee; Hennig, Nils; Indyk, Debbie; Sacks, Henry; Carter, George.

In: Social Work in Health Care, Vol. 42, No. 3-4, 25.04.2006, p. 77-92.

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Baban, Kaylan ; Ikeda, Scott R. ; Pooran, Deeangelee ; Hennig, Nils ; Indyk, Debbie ; Sacks, Henry ; Carter, George. / Culture, community networks, and HIV/AIDS outreach opportunities in a south Indian Siddha organization. In: Social Work in Health Care. 2006 ; Vol. 42, No. 3-4. pp. 77-92.
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