Culture, community networks, and HIV/AIDS outreach opportunities in a south Indian Siddha organization

Kaylan Baban, Scott Ikeda, Deeangelee Pooran, Nils Hennig, Debbie Indyk, Henry Sacks, George Carter

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Background: Gandeepam is an NGO in rural south India, with an HIV prevalence rate estimated at 2-7 times the national average. Aside from several outreach programs, Gandeepam practices Siddha medicine. Objective: Evaluate Gandeepam's strengths and opportunities to promote HIV education. Design: Three weeks of observing clinic practice, meeting patients, and discussing organizational structure. A survey of attitudes toward HIV was completed. Results: Gandeepam reaches a broad cross-section of its community, and effectively disseminates information. No primary HIV prevention efforts were observed. Conclusion: Current strengths include an established network for information dissemination, and a strong community reputation. Tremendous social obstacles for disseminating effective HIV prevention messages remain.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)77-92
Number of pages16
JournalSocial Work in Health Care
Issue number3-4
StatePublished - Apr 25 2006
Externally publishedYes


  • AIDS
  • Community
  • Education
  • HIV
  • India
  • Prevention
  • Siddha

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Community and Home Care
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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