STRIVE partner Karnataka Health Promotion Trust (KHPT) is implementing the Samvedana Plus programme to learn more about the influence of structural factors on HIV risk and vulnerability in female sex workers’ (FSWs) intimate partnerships and to test approaches to address them.
This document outlines the implementation design and monitoring and evaluation (M&E) plan for this programme. KHPT surveys of condom use and violence among FSWs and their intimate partners reveal that the prevailing gender ideals, power disparity between the sexes and public acceptance enable intimate partner violence (IPV). In other words, IPV, gender ideals and power disparity reduce condom use.
KHPT’s hypothesis is that social norms linked to inconsistent condom use and IPV may be changed by:
- Conducting group reflection workshops and providing intensive support for FSWs and their partners
- Training FSW community based organisations to respond to and reduce IPV
- Recruiting and training prominent local leaders to speak against IPV
- Staging public performances that promote intolerance for IPV
A robust M&E system will monitor the programme’s implementation for effectiveness, impact and outcomes. KHPT are working in partnership with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), the Centre for Global Public Health at the University of Manitoba, What Works to Prevent Violence Against Women and Girls Programme and the Chaitanya AIDS Tadegatwa Mahila Sangha on this implementation.