HIV and AIDS in Darjeeling: Emerging Socio-Political Challenge

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  • Author :Binu Sundas
  • Year of Publication :2011
  • ISBN: :9788180698156
  • Language: :English
  • Binding: :Hard Bound
  • No of Pages: 240
  • Size: 23 cms
  • Categories: Health, NGOs, North East Indian Studies

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About the Book :

The Darjeeling Hills Population dynamics and institutional response, this book shows that there is lack of sufficient awareness regarding HIV/AIDS among the people of the Darjeeling Hills, and on safety measures specially condom use among the people is very rare. On the institutional fromt, the only Vountary, Confidential, Counselling and Testing Centre (VCCTC) is not able to reach all the people of the Hills. Along with it, a lack of collaboration among the Non Governmental Organisations (NGO) working on HIV-AIDS in the Darjeeling Hills has resulted Ill-bread health structure which is not sufficent to adress the issue among the Hill Population. This book vividly portrays the realities in the Hills that are often hidden, ignored, neglected or unaccustomed to socio-cultural milieu of the Hills.

About Author :

Binu Sundas, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Social Systems and Anthropology, Sikkim University and is currently the Department Co-ordinator. He is the founding member of the department. He completed his Ph.D from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. He is a native of Kurseong, District Darjeeling and is a Goethals Alumni. His area of research interest has been sociology of health. For his M.Phil dissertation he has worked on Alcohol Consumption and Health of the People in Darjeeling Hills: An Analysis of Socio-Cultural and Development Factor. He has done exclusive research in the hills of Darjeeling. Before joining Sikkim University he worked as a consultant in Educational Development North East Region Unit, IGNOU, New Delhi. He has also written units on tribes of UP and Delhi for IGNOUs Post Graduate Diploma in Social Work. He has also worked as a researcher with Action Aid International, New Delhi and was part of the team writing the report Time to Act II: Positive Voices: Emerging Governance Issues on HIV and AIDS in Asia. He has also worked with Indian Institute of Dalit studies as a researcher for the project, Dalit Children and their Discrimination in Various Dimensions.