HIV/AIDS Support Center Project : Support Center for Voluntary Agencies Working with Sexual Minorities and People Living with HIV/AIDS in Eastern India (2004-2008)
This project operated out of the Kolk4ata office and provided capacity building and educational resource support on issues of gender, sexuality, human rights, sexual health and HIV/AIDS to voluntary and government agencies working with sexual minorities, PLHIV and other vulnerable populations. An extension center of this project in Bhubaneswar, Odisha collaborated with government and voluntary agencies on scaling up HIV/AIDS interventions for sexual minorities and PLHIV. The project reached more than 15,000 sexual minorities and PLHIV through 23 voluntary agencies in Bihar, Meghalaya, Manipur, Odisha, and West Bengal. When the Support Center started in 2004, it was focused only on sexual minorities and was called SAATHII Calcutta LGBT Support Center. However, over the years, it grew in coverage and scope into a full-fledged HIV/AIDS resource center serving eastern India, as well as other regions of India.
It provided an infrastructural and human resource base for several parallel and future projects in eastern and northeastern India. A number of its information dissemination and advocacy activities are continuing through the Coalition Based Advocacy Project.
Click here for the Support Center’s specific resources for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in eastern India
This project received financial support from the Elton John AIDS Foundation, London.