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A group activity to encourage hope

The ‘Prathyasha’ centres started in all districts in Kerala under the auspices of the Kerala State AIDS Control Society is a group movement, which imparts a message of hope to all HIV positive persons in the state. The ‘Pratyasha’ centres offer opportunities for HIV infected persons to be given counseling and to give direction to their life. The ‘Pratysha’ centres also act as forums where HIV patients can air their problems and to obtain solutions to their problems.

More days under the shade of companionship

The intensity of HIV infection can now be controlled to a certain extent by effective medicines and careful treatment modes. HIV positive persons can lead long and healthy lives through Anti Retro-viral Treatment (ART). Thus, their life span can be extended from five to fifteen years. One cannot also rule out the possibility of the discovery of medicines, which can completely cure HIV infection, within this period.

The ‘Pratyasha’ centres have been started with the aim of providing better services to the HIV/AIDS patients in the State. The objectives of ‘Pratyasha’ centres are to impart counseling to the HIV positive persons in the State and enable them to lead objective lives, create awareness among the public about the treatment / diagnostic facilities available to HIV positive persons, co-ordination of the activities of various facilities in this sector and vocational training programmes for HIV positive persons.

The care of HIV infected people is the most challenging aspect in HIV/AIDS prevention. There are many people living with HIV/AIDS who hesitate to disclose their status due to fear of isolation and discrimination.

The “Prathyasa Kendram” – Drop in centres are staffed by HIV positive persons.

1. One Coordinator
2. Two Peer Counselors (one Male and one female)

Addresses of ‘Prathyasa’ Drop-in-Centres in Kerala

Prathyasa Kendram
Keettuparambil House
Puthenpurackal Road
North Janatha Road
Palarivattom, Kochi – 25
Tel: 0484-4025259
Ernakulam District
Prathyasa Kendram
Thekkeneydath Building
Payward Junction
Near Chest Medical College
Peringadur P.O., Thrissur
Tel: 0487-2208020, 3252054
Thrissur District
Prathyasa Kendram
Pooja Manzil
Cherakkara Road
Manjeri Malappuram
Tel: 0483-3201792
Malappuaram District
Prathyasa Kendram
Room No. 7/592
Kalliyathodi House
Near Victoria College Palakkad
Tel: 0491-2504147, 2504145
Palakkad District
Prathyasa Kendram
NTC Building, No-654
Thazhe Angadi Road
Mananthavady P.O., Wayanad
Tel: 04935 270730
Wayanad District
Prathyasa Kendram
Sushanthi,Kottaram Nagar
House No. 47
High School Junction Kollam
Tel: 0474-3201906
Kollam District
Prathyasa Kendram
Erappinkal House
Chittoor Muriyil
Tel: 0468-320153
Pathanamthitta District
Prathyasa Kendram
Mangalathu house
Opp.TDMC, Vandanam P.O.
Tel: 04776544798
Alappuzha District
Prathyasa Kendram
House No. 772, Alumgal House
Opp. Aiswarya Tourist Home
Gandhi Nagar P.O. Kottayam – 6
Tel: 0481-6531135
Kottayam District
Prathyasa Kendram
Near Dist. Vypara Bhavan
Parakkandy P.O., Kannur
Tel: 0497-2705251
Kannur District
Prathyasa Kendram
Sreethilakom, T.C.12/2466
Medical College P.O.
Tel: 3206595
Trivandrum District
Prathyasa Kendram
Near District Hospital
Thoyammal, Balla P.O.
Tel: 0467-2286565
Kasaragod District
Prathyasa Kendram
Mayanad P.O.
Parackal House
Near Chest Hospital
Tel: 0495-6451814
Kozhikode District
Prathyasa Kendram
Jawahar bldg.
Idukky Colony P.O.
Mob: 9947467005
Idukki District

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