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(From Business Line)
from BUSINESS LINE, December 23, 2005 Customers of Prem Barsi, 30, a roadside barber in New Delhi's Lajpat Nagar, call him the 'Condom Doctor'! "Doctor sahib, yeh aap ki fees," they jest as they pay Barsi. Barsi is part of a unique HIV/AIDS outreach programme targeting barbers. The programme trains them to dispense condoms to clients, answer simple HIV-related queries, pass on pamphlets and literature on the disease, and even take perturbed customers to an NGO for HIV-testing
"It feels good that even non-literate people can be of some help to the nation," says Barsi as he skilfully skims lather off a customer's face. The 'Barber Intervention Project' launched by Francois Bagnould Xavier (FXB) India, a Swiss NGO that works on HIV/AIDS issues, has been successfully sensitising people about HIV/AIDS in 20 states …