The 2006 International AIDS Conference in Toronto, Canada provided a unique opportunity for cross-disciplinary and cross-regional collaboration and information sharing. The nearly 30,000 attendees represented various fields of research, advocacy, programming, and experiences of living with HIV/AIDS. The conference facilitated the convergence of representatives of these various backgrounds, as well as providing a space for government officials, civil society, and donors to communicate and network.
National consultations in Delhi and Mumbai on health and development concerns of sexual minorities in 2008 and 2009 revealed serious gaps in the understanding of issues related to male-to-female transgender (TG) populations. Apart from concern that the government and civil society response to the HIV epidemic often overlooks fundamental developmental needs of transgender people, there was considerable debate on how MSM and transgender issues get conflated to the detriment of both populations.
Situational Analysis and Strategies to Upscale an Evidence-Based HIV Response in Relation to MSM, Hijra and Other Transgender Populations in Rajasthan (2007)
Project Sashakt: MSM, Hijra and TG Community Systems Strengthening In partnership with India HIV/AIDS Alliance, and funded by UNDP
Project Nakshatra, a public private partnership, was implemented by AIDS Prevention and Control Project (APAC) - Voluntary Health Services (VHS) with the technical support of SAATHII. The project operated in Tamil Nadu to expand access to HIV and STI services for PLHIV and most at-risk populations (MARPs) by involving health care providers from the private sector. SAATHII provided technical assistance by building the capacity of health care providers, system strengthening of the private health facilities, and networking.
Feasibility of Increasing Uptake and Delivery of HIV/AIDS Services through Multi-Skilling of Front Line Health Workers in West Imphal District of Manipur
NACO, in partnership with UNDP, commissioned SAATHII to conduct a six month Operational Research (OR) study aimed at assessing the feasibility of multi-skilling of front line health workers in delivery of HIV/AIDS prevention services and increasing the uptake of HIV testing and care services. The study was conducted in Imphal West, a district with an area of 558 square kilometers and a total population of 4,39,532 (2001 Census). Imphal West is one of the four valley districts, with an HIV adult prevalence estimated at 0.75%. The OR took place from January to June 2011.