NorthSouth Group

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The NorthSouth Group was formed out of a concern for the persistence of poverty and vulnerability. Main areas of focus are adolescent health and development, youth employment, child protection, disability, gender equity and menís participation, and water and sanitation. We come from international agencies, NGOs, academia and government. Our mission is to collaborate with local partners and communities to improve the health and well-being of those at risk.

Preventing inhalant abuse among children and adolescents

Inhalant abuse among children and adolescents in IndiaWe are working with partners in Kolkata to combat inhalant abuse among street children. Of the 200,000 children in Kolkata who are homeless, one percent are HIV-positive but are not aware of the fact that they are carrying the deadly virus. This is likely to result in a significant increase in HIV levels. Inhalant abuse among children and adolescents is becoming a serious global public health problem, particularly in developing countries, and often leads to use of injecting drugs. In India, widespread poverty, unemployment and increasing urban migration contribute to the growing number of children living on the streets and falling victim to malnutrition, disease, harassment and sexual abuse. A disproportionate number of these children use drugs and engage in survival sex as coping mechanisms.

Project components include (i) prevalence study of inhalant abuse, patterns and trends, and awareness levels; (ii) socio-economic profile of inhalant abusers; (iii) group dynamics; (iv) health status; (v) financing solvent and drug abuse; (vi) knowledge of HIV/AIDS and associated risks; and (vii) access to treatment and rehabilitation.

A comprehensive approach is needed to prevent addiction among children and adolescents, and in particular among street children. Key elements in a preventive strategy include health services, long term rehabilitation centers, public awareness, and strong government policies combating inhalant abuse.

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The Niblock Charitable Trust is funding our work in Kenya to support orphans and vulnerable children.

ExxonMobil The NorthSouth Group receives a grant for its outreach work from the ExxonMobil Foundation.

NorthSouth Group Advisory Committee member Mariam Khokhar is awarded International Organization for Migration Director General's Award for her contribution to IOM's immediate earthquake response.

International Organization for Migration Award

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NorthSouth Group discusses human trafficking at the International Health Conference at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

Human Trafficking

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