Human Development Society (HDS) is a non-profit secular non-governmental development organisation registered under the Societies Registration Act (XXI) 1860. Donations to HDS are eligible for tax relief under Section 80 G of the Income Tax Act, 1961.

Action (On-going)

Targeted Intervention for Injecting Drug Users

HDS has been implementing the targeted intervention (TI) project for injecting drug users (IDUs) in West Delhi since July 2010 in collaboration with the Delhi State AIDS Control Society (DSACS), Government of National Capital Territory (NCT) of Delhi. Starting with 400 IDUs in eight sites, the project now covers 800 IDUs in 11 sites namely Raghubir Nagar, Khayala, Madipur, Sant Garh/Guru Nanak Nagar, Vikaspuri, Uttam Nagar, Mohan Garden, Janakpuri A Block, Nihal Vihar, Basai Dhara and Shadipur. This is an intervention under India’s National AIDS Control Programme (NACP) IV. Its key objectives are to:

  • Ensure quality health services to High Risk Group (HRG)
  • Increase use of condoms by cent percent
  • Ensure proactive screening for HIV at least once in six months
  • Ensure registration of all HIV positive people at ART centre.
  • Strengthen community participation in programme operations
  • Ensure total coverage with new needles & syringes and abscess treatment
  • Increase the number of OST (Opioid Substitution Therapy) daily receiver 

The activities of the project include the following

  • Needle syringe exchange programme (NSEP)
  • Condom programming
  • Community mobilization- clinic committee, DIC committee, community events, street play, health camps
  • Advocacy for enabling environment
  • Behaviour change communication
  • Harm reduction- testing for HIV and syphilis, demand generation meetings, counseling services and OST services
  • Drop-in-centre
  • STI Clinic

HDS also implements various context-specific activities from time to time like campaign for Swach Bharat Abhiyan, training of spouses of IDUs on health and hygiene issues, mehendi festival etc.

Project Aditi

Project Aditi (boundless, free and safety in Sanskrit) is a community-based intervention in West Delhi for empowerment of girls and women living in slums, unauthorised colonies and areas known for habitation of low income group people. It is based on a baseline study conducted by HDS in nine areas of West Delhi district viz. Madipur, Raghubir Nagar, Khayala, Nangloi, Multan Nagar, Mangolpuri, Sultanpuri, Uttam Nagar and Basai Dhara, covering 158 girls and women in the age group of 15 years and above. The salient findings of the baseline are the following:

  • 77% unmarried girls are not aware of challenges faced by women after marriage
  • Only 17% unmarried women are aware of post-marital physical changes and challenges faced by women.
  • 76% unmarried women are not aware of challenges faced by women during pregnancy and childbirth.
  • 43% women are not using sanitary pads.
  • 73% women are not aware of anemia, breast cancer, cervical cancer and other sexually transmitted infections (STI).
  • 51% women expressed their desire to receive skill development training.

Project Aditi has been designed as a bouquet of services which include, inter alia, pre-marital counselling, awareness of healthcare and hygiene practices, awareness against domestic violence and skills training. The goal of the intervention is to empower the targeted women by unshackling them from stereotypical thoughts and actions.

Marking commencement of community-level actions under the project, HDS started social marketing of sanitary pads in December 2017. We could cover over 1000 adolescent girls and women, whose monthly family income is the range of ₹3000 to 5000, in a span of three months. As the number of beneficiaries continues to rise, we look forward to strengthen the intervention with the support of agencies working in the domain.

Promotion of Sustainable Agriculture and Livelihood

In Haryana, HDS has been promoting sustainable agriculture and livelihood in Faridabad since 2006. The purpose of our intervention is to promote organic farming which is eco-friendly, good for health, sustainable and financially rewarding for the farmers. The project was supported by Concern India Foundation from 2007 till 2013 during which it achieved many important milestones including fully organic status for the produce. Following discontinuation of partnership with CIF, HDS adopted Participatory Guarantee System (PGS), which is cost effective, for certification in collaboration with the Organic Farming Association of India (OFAI) so that farmers continue to practice farming in conformity with organic standards. As a Facilitation Council under PGS, HDS provides handholding and monitoring support to the five farmers’ groups in five villages.

In Himachal Pradesh, HDS began working in 2016 as a result of its association with Muskaan Jaivik Self Help Group (MJ SHG) through the network of PGS. MJ SHG, based out of village Baag in Mandi district, is a self help group of some progressive and like-minded farmers. Besides hosting four student volunteers from Germany for a period of one year starting from July 2016, HDS is now engaged in promoting a Farmer Producer Group in Himachal Pradesh with the help of MJ SHG.