Health Financing/Insurance

IT aid for sex workers in India

It will be a wrong statement if we would say that IT is only for white-collar tech-savvy urbanites rather the domain of IT is wider in its scope and utility. The case of marginalised sex workers in Karnataka is going to fortify the statement. Sex workers in Karnataka are now swiping their newly acquired smart cards to avail themselves of discounts on daily purchases while keeping a check on HIV/AIDS. About 500 disorganised sex workers in Mysore and Mandya districts of Karnataka are now armed with smart cards that not only prompt them to get regular health check ups to keep track of their STI (sexually transmitted infections) status but also get discounts on their daily purchases – from grocery to perfumes. This pilot project began in July in the two districts at the initiative of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in association with the University of Manitoba, Canada.


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