PUNE: Sex workers want to be included in the planning and development of health programmes and initiatives that address their risks and vulnerabilities.
Forty women from Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Goa and Maharashtra participated in the two-day western regional meet held in the city to discuss and plan the fourth phase of the National AIDS Control Programme (NACP IV). The meet concluded on Tuesday.
"We no longer want to be seen as recipients, but as designers and managers of health programmes," Sunita from Gujarat said.The consultations were initiated by the National AIDS Control Organisation (NACO) that spearheads the National AIDS Control Programmes that are tagged on to the NACP IV design. It involves critical areas that communities and civil society want to get incorporated.