In 2003, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) associated with TCI Foundation and a project named “KAVACH” was launched in India to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) among long distance truck drivers and their helpers (collectively referred to as "truckers") who were nationally mobile. The project was aimed to increase safe sexual behaviours and to reduce sexually transmitted infections and new HIV infections among truckers through innovative approaches and prevention programmes with following objectives.
- • Encourage adoption of sexual behavior and practices;
- • Promote preventive measures; and
- • Reduce the incidence of sexually transmitted infections.
In 2006 while acknowledging the importance and impact of Kavach on truckers in India, the Government of India integrated the best practices of Kavach in National AIDS Control Program governed by NACO. TCI Foundation was taken on board as Technical Support Group (TSG) by NACO from 2009-12 to support the truckers program across the nation. The Foundation since works continually with State AIDS Control Societies, PSUs and Corporates of repute to implement the national truckers program at 25 locations across 12 States in India. TCI Foundation has been credited to render HIV and STI prevention and control services to more than 7.5 million truckers in India.
Presence of TCI Foundation across India to curb HIV infections