IOM Capacitates Outreach Network on Prevention of STIs, HIV and Tuberculosis Among Migrants and Their Families in Sogd Region.

From June 19th-21st, 2013 within the framework of the project “HIV prevention among migrant workers and their families,” seminars on the prevention of sexually transmitted infections, HIV, and Tuberculosis among migrants were conducted for outreach workers and volunteers of the NGO “Mehvar” in the jamoat Oshoba of the Asht district, NGO “Chashmai Hayot” in B. Gafurov district, and the NGO “Said” in Khujand. The outreach workers and volunteers were able to ask questions on migration and health including issues such as trafficking in persons as a related risk of migration. The seminars were tailored to respond to the participants’ performance on a knowledge assessment on STIs, HIV, and TB.  Special attention was paid to male and female condom promotion and the referral of migrants and their families to friendly points for migrants and AIDS Control Centers. The seminar was conducted using an interactive methodology based on IOM modules on working among migrant workers and their families.

Similar seminars are planned in all regions of the country to improve the quality of the outreach work among migrants and effectiveness of the project implementation. IOM conducts seminars under the financial support of UNDP, who is a main recipient of the grant of the Global Fund against AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria in Tajikistan.