HEALDS, India

400+
Peer educators trained
210
Villages impacted
19,000
People reached through activities

HEALDS

HEALDS, led by an inspiring young woman named Kalai Selvi, goes to rural villages to educate both vulnerable youth and traditional leaders about contraception, female rights, and testing, using mobile audio/video shows and street plays.
In Tamil Nadu, HIV affects 2.5% of the population and violence against women is the highest in the country. Many young brides are treated as little more than servants, under tremendous pressure to prove their fertility in the first year of marriage. These girls are vulnerable to physical, emotional and sexual abuse and have a high risk of HIV infection.

HEALDS, led by an inspiring young woman named Kalai Selvi, goes to rural villages to educate both vulnerable youth and traditional leaders about contraception, female rights, and testing, using mobile audio/video shows and street plays. Educated and empowered, these people go on to become peer educators, passing on this life-saving information to their communities.

Since December 2009, HEALDS has distributed thousands of condoms, trained 100 peer educators, and produced numerous engaging plays and video shows. Reaching unmarried women, child brides and their older husbands, HEALDS makes sure those who have been married off haven’t had their futures written off too.

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