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SAATHII has served more than 1,500 organizations and has impacted thousands of infected and at-risk Indians. Some major achievements include:

Prevention of Mother-to-Child Transmission: Reached more that 100,000 pregnant women with antenatal care, testing and counseling, and anti-retroviral treatment in the second-largest Prevention of Mother to Child Transmission (PMTCT) program in India .

HIV/AIDS Service Directory: Developed India 's first, comprehensive print and electronic database of HIV/AIDS services in India , which is used by 1,000 NGOs, 20 Positive Networks, and 30 major donor and international agencies. This directory improves access to HIV/AIDS services, facilitates NGO partnership building, and helps donors in identifying and short-listing promising programs.

Information Communications Technology: Developed one of the most visited India-specific Online Resource Centers on HIV/AIDS ( www.saathii.org ) and one of the largest India-specific electronic forums with over 1675 subscribers worldwide.

Volunteer Placement Program: Placed close to ten volunteers in the last one year on a range of projects including prevention education for women, development of patient education materials, trainings on research and program evaluation methodology, development of situation assessment of orphans, and art therapy for people living with HIV/AIDS.

Stigma and Discrimination: Reached more than 100,000 people in West Bengal and other parts of India through mass media activities including newspaper advertisement based campaign, ‘Positive Lives' – a dance visual montage that advocates for elimination of stigma and discrimination against people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) – and the Siddhartha Gautam Film Festivals on AIDS and sexuality.

Regional Support Center: Developed a regional support center for community-based agencies working on sexual health and related issues concerning sexual minorities in eastern India . The center includes a library that attracts students and researchers daily , helpline service that has catered to hundreds of clients and networking and interface events attended by more than 1,000 people.

Physical and Political Space: Organized an India satellite meeting on universal access to prevention and treatment at the 15 th International AIDS Conference in Bangkok in 2004 . This meeting involved key speakers from the Indian government, International funding and policy-making bodies and Indian Positive Networks including the Health Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Health Secretary and NACO Program Director, Mr. Richard Gere, Dr. Richard Feachem and Dr. Helene Gayle and Mr. Ashok Alexander.

 

 

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