In 2017, WINGS (Women Initiating Goals for Safety) programme was piloted in Pune in partnership with Sahara Aalhad, a local NGO, to identify and understand the scenario on gender-based violence including intimate partner violence (GBV/IPV) against women who use drugs (WUD). With strategies such as screening, brief intervention and referral to treatment module to design and support individual safety plans against GBV. Locally the WINGS project was named as Pankh (wings in Hindi). Based on the success of the pilot, has been scaled up as WINGS Phase II and implemented in diverse settings in three states of India, namely Maharashtra, Manipur and New Delhi.
The project has been supported by Frontline AIDS.
The approach of the programme is to expand the reach of harm reduction (including GBV/IPV prevention) services to more WUD and more specifically to female injecting drug users and opioid users from diverse settings. The project has also set up a control arm and active arm for doing a comparative analysis to validate the feasibility of the WINGS module further to enable evidence generation for recommending integration of the WINGS model at the national and subnational level, to ensure…….,