Teddy Exports HIV/AIDS Workplace and Local Community Education Programme
Country of Operation
- Teddy TrustFor-profit
SummaryTeddy Exports is a fair-trade export company with an explicit commitment to social and economic development. In 1992, Teddy Exports set up the Teddy Trust into which it directs 50 percent of its profits to support a range of welfare activities for its workers and the local community.
Key program components
Teddy Exports has been able to undertake extensive and innovative HIV/AIDS workplace programmes, including education and prevention campaigns, providing job opportunities and care for people living with HIV/AIDS, and offering financial support to non-governmental organizations. These have included:
AIDS Awareness Project: HIV/AIDS awareness campaigns for people in the local villages, using street theatre and puppetry as a way of communicating the message to the largely illiterate audience, and in over 100 schools and colleges.
Healthy Highway Project: Two ‘truckers booths’ on the main highway to southern India and one at an oil refinery unit at Manila, provide information on HIV/AIDS and prevention to over 80,000 truck drivers (a significant vector of HIV) through street plays, slide shows, leaflets, stickers and condom distribution. The street shows and the anonymous nature of the assistance encourages the truck drivers to seek the low cost treatment and counselling that is provided. This work was identified as a model of good practice by the UK Department for International Development who has now provided funding for the Teddy Trust to extend their work to other areas of the Madurai district.
Women in Prostitution Project: HIV/AIDS awareness, medical assistance and counselling provision for commercial sex workers in southern Madurai, using peer educators. The all female project team works with a network of commercial sex workers, brothels, pimps and their clients to promote condom use through education and innovative designs for condom carrying by the commercial sex workers.
The Teddy Community Health Centre: provides low-cost or free health care, particularly to women and children and passing truck drivers. Antiretroviral drugs (AZT/3TC) are provided to 20 HIV/AIDS patients through Teddy’s Care & Support Project.