IEC material development and distribution
VIRD has developed the IEC material in local languages which found to be very effective for information, education and communication to the communities. Besides this it has received different types of posters, leaflets, handouts, and training materials. About 1800 sq.fts. of wall writings have been completed in the project area spreading the message of preventing HIV/AIDS. The project has distributed 1,500 posters and 5,000 leaflets to the people and community members throughout the project area. This has enabled the people to understand the basics of the HIV/AIDS and STD in the areas.
VIRD Public Library
VIRD organizing a public library called VIRD PUBLIC LIBRARY TITIGAON, which is sponsored by State Museum & Raja Rammohun Ray Library Foundation Calcutta under Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India. We have a furnished reading room having capacity of 30 nos. can enjoy the reading facilities every day comfortably. We have been different categories of books for children, younger generations & older persons. This library is working in all Govt. official day. In this library setting we have audiovisual sets like color Television, VCD player & CDs. We have also various electronics T.V channels which can provide information & important issues of Indian society. In this library section news papers & magazines are there so as to enable the readers to inform. About 70 to 80 nos. of regular visitors visit to our library.
Cultural media is being used extensively as one of the most popular ways to create awareness on HIV/AIDS among the rural mass. Street corner plays, songs, dance and other local folk mediums have been put to effective use. This helps the community watch, listen, observe, understand and discuss the seriousness of HIV/AIDSs and STIs and precarious situation arising when it affects & person, leading to destruction of socio-economic fabrics and disintegration of families. The role plays, one acts plays and songs also deal with issues of empathy vs. social stigma, attitudinal changes, healthy sexual behaviour, condom use etc. Local dialects and languages are used in cultural medium and in every village; youth clubs, PRI members and leaders get involved in organizing & staging the programs. Together, 7522 people (3230 male and 3292 female) have been covered under awareness activity through cultural program. The cultural team is developed by VIRD. The local folk media and tribal culture is integrated where the local boys and girls are the actors and actress who makes the community easy to understand the concept of HIV/AIDS & STI.