We started management of Integrated Rehabilitation Centre for drug Addicts with support from Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Govt. of India, New Delhi from the year 1998 at Pall of Khordha district and second one at Manamunda in Boudh district. For the above programme, VJSS utilizes the services of a doctor, psychologist, pharmacist, two peer counselors, a yoga therapist, and support staff to help ‘users’ get reintegrated into society as productive and responsible citizens. Realizing that there is more to drug treatment than just abstaining from drugs, VJSS conducts different therapies like peer counseling, individual counseling, sharing sessions, life skill training, vocational exposure and counseling, referral services, after care and drop in facilities, exposure to self-help groups to help the clients overcome their weakness. The project location has two distinct units one in Khordha with 2794 Sq.ft and another in Manamunda with 3034 sq. ft. built up area with all basic amenities required for the treatment and care and support of the inmates.
In VJSS we believes that addiction is a physical, mental and spiritual disease that affects every area of human lives. The physical aspect of the disease is the compulsive use of drugs, the inability to stop using once have started. The mental aspect is the obsession, or overpowering desire to use, even when destroying lives. And the spiritual part is total self-centeredness. Denial, rationalization, guilt, embarrassment, dereliction, degradation, isolation and loss of control are only some of the results of the disease. This disease is progressive, incurable and fatal, if allowed to continue unabated. We believe that the disease can be arrested one day at a time. Like a diabetic needs regular doses of insulin to arrest diabetes, the disease can be arrested by not having that first dose of any drug, and coming to a meeting.
Community based Peer led Intervention Programme launched in identified vulnerable districts as a focused preventive measure to curb the menace of drug abuse. Presently, VJSS is managing two centers. First one is at Basudevpali in Boudh district from April 2018 and the second one started the Centre during the Year 2019-20 at old town, Bhubaneswar City. Both the projects were support by Ministry of Social Justice & Empowerment, Govt. of India, New Delhi, and NISD-New Delhi
Outreach and Drop –in-Centers (ODICs) would be established in the identified districts to conduct outreach activities vulnerable adolescents and youth in community for prevention of drug abuse. VJSS got the opportunity to serve the community on prevention of drug use among adolescents in two districts. First one at Tara Sundari road, Old Town, Bhubaneswar under Khordha district, started functioning from the year 2019-20, and the second one at Manmunda of Boudh district, started functioning from April 2018. Both the programmes are funded by Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Govt. of India, New Delhi.
Targeted interventions are a resource-effective way to implement HIV prevention and care programmes in settings with low-level and concentrated HIV epidemics. They are also a cost-effective method of reaching people who are most at risk in more generalized epidemics. Targeted interventions are aimed at offering prevention and care services to high risk populations ( Female Sex Workers- FSW, Male having Sex with Male- MSM and Injecting Drug Users- IDUs) within communities by providing them with the information, means and skills they need to minimize HIV transmission and improving their access to care, support and treatment services. These programmes also improve sexual and reproductive health (SRH) among these populations and improve general health by helping them reduce the harm associated with behavior such as sex work and injecting drug use. Implementing targeted interventions does not negate the need for broader interventions in the community. In many settings, it optimizes the use of resources by focusing on the environments and populations in which the risk of HIV infection is the greatest. VJSS started managing the project in Bhubaneswar from the year 2006-07. The programme is funded by Odisha State AIDS Control Society (OSACS). The organization recruited Professionally trained staff at managerial level from Project Director, Programme Manager to health professionals like Doctor, ANM cum Counselor and office assistants like M&E cum Accountant, Two ORWs, and Six peer educators towards smooth implementation of the programme.
Under the National AIDS Control Programme Phase IV (NACP-IV), MSM continue to be featured as a high priority group. The prevalence of HIV among MSM in India is estimated at 4.43 per cent, which is more than 10 times that among the general population (NACO, 2011). The prevalence of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) is also high among MSM (e.g., Syphilis: 5.8 per cent to 14 per cent). VJSS managing this project since year 2008-09 being funded by Odisha State AIDS Control Society (OSACS). The organization recruited professionally trained staff at managerial level from Project Director, Programme Manager to health professionals like Doctor, ANM cum Counselor and office assistants like M&E cum Accountant, Two ORWs, and Six peer educators towards smooth implementation of the programme.
To, raise the consciousness, demand and access over sanitation facility of Govt., Swaccha Bharat Mission. At the same time to increase the awareness among community regarding importance of sanitation for maintain indignity in life, good health by using sanitation facility (IHL) provided by Govt. scheme. This promotion programme is implemented in Olasingh, Rameswar, Nirakapur gram panchayats of Tangi Block in Khordha district with support from Rural Water Supply and Sanitation (RWSS), Khordha. About 316 individual household latrines installed @Rs.12000/- per household.