State Training and Resource Center (STRC)
CORT has training as its one of the core competency. Knowing CORT’s strong commitment for capacity building, NACO, MoHFW, GoI entrusted responsibility of managing State Training and Resource Centre (STRC) in Gujarat, Ahmedabad and UT of Daman and Diu to CORT from 2008 to 2013. The focus of STRC was to provide training and build capacity of all 136 NGO partners who were implementing targeted intervention (TI) among high-risk groups for the AIDS Control Society of Gujarat, Ahmedabad and Daman & Diu. STRC aimed to ensure standardized and quality training to NGO staff implementing TIs by developing a sustainable and institutionalized centre for the capacity building of partner NGOs and community based organizations (CBOs) for TIs. It also aimed to gather learning through additional research and develop pedagogy of learning for TI scale up.
STRC trained TI partners to clearly visualize, plan and address their needs to saturate coverage of the high risk groups from getting HIV infection. It worked and trained the partner NGOs to ensure that the NACO guidelines for working with high risk populations in implementing TIs are properly followed and are put into action. It also recognized the importance of strengthening capacity of institutions to efficiently respond to the HIV/AIDS epidemic.
STRC worked with 136 NGOs to train around 13,500 TI staff by conducting more than 600 training sessions during 5 years on various themes and modules under TI guidelines of NACO. The trainees included 110 Project Directors, 490 Doctors, 210 Project Officers, 193 Counsellors and paramedics, 620 Outreach Workers, around 1200 Peer Educators and 130 community members. Besides, Monitoring and Evaluation Officers, Accountants of the TI partners and service providers including ANMs were also trained. The ORWs and PEs were trained and retrained to build their capacity in reducing the transmission of HIV during classroom training, and hand holding sessions during field training as well as exposure visits.
The themes covered included: Proposal writing, planning and management for implementing TI, basics of HIV/AIDS, condom promotion, harm reduction, Syndromic Case Management and basics of RTI/STI, human resource management, supportive supervision, induction training for new TIs, peer education, outreach planning, counselling skill, leadership, decision making, community mobilization and advocacy, developing learning site, crisis management, quality of care, referral, use of data, accounts and reporting, M&E, follow-up and documentation.
Besides, 215 master trainers and resource persons were raised covering each district. A dedicated webpage was assigned to STRC to give access to updated training calendar, training coverage, training reports and relevant modules, manuals and materials from other institutions.
Trainings were planned for 2 to 5 days following cascade model depending on the theme and type of participants. Trainings were organized at the district level in Gujarat and Daman where good training facilities were available to ensure participation of the doctors and other trainees and to reduce the cost of training and transportation. All the trainings were evaluated using pre and post-tests. Each year STRC-CORT conducted 120 trainings each with a batch of 25–35 trainees.
STRC-CORT secured grade A when NACO evaluated its work in July 2009 after three years of its functioning by an independent agency. After receiving a satisfactory and positive report of Evaluation Contract of STRC-CORT was extended for two more years. STRC was again evaluated in 2012 and graded as a good performing STRC. Thus, CORT managed STRC and build capacity of NGOs for five years from 2008 to 2012. Moreover, Gujarat State AIDS Control Society also felicitated the STRC- CORT twice during the State level World AIDS day celebrations for the activities.