The project was significant in terms of its sheer reach, and also the scope for impact on civil society responses.
The WHO South East Asia Regional Office commissioned the situational assessment to systematically bring together published and unpublished observations, research and program data on MSM (men who have sex with men) and transgender populations in South East Asia and make specific recommendations to improve services for these populations.
Geographically, the study spans all countries in the South East Asia region, particularly India, Indonesia, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Timor Leste, and Thailand.
Experts on the ground
The Alliance Hub was selected to carry out the project as our community-based partnership model means we have the links to source representative and comprehensive data from within country.
The project was led by Venkatesh Chakrapani, one of the leading community-based practitioners on MSM issues in the region and a Hub consultant, supported by two further consultants and senior Alliance in-country staff.
The findings will form an easy-to-digest strategic reference document, to help inform policy and responses. The Hub will facilitate a community review process, so that wherever possible the target community can further feed into each relevant country study before it forms part of the final document.
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The project aims to improve HIV services for men who have sex with men across South East Asia