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Alliance India launches Pehchan project

8
OCT
2010

Pehchan logo

On 1 October Alliance India launched Pehchan, a new five-year project that will provide HIV prevention services for men who have sex with men (MSM), transgender and hijra communities.

The work will take place in 17 out of 35 states in India and is funded through the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. Alliance India signed the contract last month, which is the largest Global Fund grant to date to strengthen HIV prevention programming for these marginalised groups. Working with MSM, transgender and hijra populations continues to be a high priority for India where national HIV prevalence among MSM is estimated to be 7.4 percent.

Alliance India has partnered with a core group of Indian NGOs that have pioneered programming for MSM, transgender and hijra populations. The Pehchan consortium includes Humsafar Trust, the Maan Foundation, SAATHII, Sangama, and SIAAP. They will provide organisational development support to CBOs working with these communities to increase the number of people who can access quality services.

Pehchan means ‘identity’, ‘recognition’ or ‘acknowledgement’ in Hindi.