Malteser International fights against HIV/AIDS in the state of Tamil Nadu in southern India. The HIV/AIDS problem is especially pressing in this part of the country: Tamil Nadu ranks second in the prevalence of the disease in India.
One of the major reasons and the focus point of Malteser International`s intervention is migration.
Every year about 5,000 people - mostly young men - from Tirunelveli District migrate to big cities like Mumbai or Chennai to seek for employment. They are forced to leave their homes mainly due to a lack of industries in their region. Others leave their villages for fishing during off-season every year. At their destinations the men being separated from their families often develop extra marital relationships or visit sex workers. Many return home infected with the HI-virus.
|Duration:||Since January 2007|
|Financing:||German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development , Germanys Relief Coalition (ADH), Malteser International, private donations|
|Partner:||Centre for Social Reconstruction (CSR), Pro-Vision, Centre for Peoples Education (CPE), Arumbugal, Peace Trust, AussiCodes|