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Introduction

Adarsa Mahila Mandali (AMM) was formed by the sex workers community in the West Godavari district of Andhra Pradesh State in India.The community organisation (CO) was established in 2003 with the support of the Andhra Pradesh State AIDS Control Society (APSACS) under its Targeted Interventions programme. AMM was created out of the realisation that a mobilised group of sex worker women can better fight for their rights and against stigma and discrimination.

AMM supports 1760 sex worker women and is registered as a community based organisation under the Andhra Pradesh Societies Registrations Act 2001.

Mission

AMM aims to provide health and medical services to the female sex worker community to enable them to stand on their own two feet.

Services Provided

Recognising the importance of vulnerability reduction for the success in reducing risk to HIV, AMM provides a range of services to cater to the needs of the community.

  • Advancing knowledge on sexual health, distributing condoms and encouraging condom use, providing referral services to the hospital and ART linkages
  • Building financial security of members through savings activities, opening bank accounts and getting insurance
  • Promoting a help desk for the community to access social entitlements
  • Improving the self esteem and self confidence of members to fight violence and stigma and discrimination
  • Providing community and hospital based care for people living with HIV/AIDS, including for children

AMM plans to enhance its focus on community health, specifically providing comprehensive care for people living with HIV/AIDS, encourage the culture of savings among its members and link them to banks.

Highlights

  • District - West Godavari
  • Founded - 2003
  • Members supported - 1760

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