Evidence from India suggests that a comprehensive approach SRHR has been lacking and current approaches are not sufficiently decreasing the vulnerability and ill health of PLHIV in the country.
Vulnerability to SRHR is further increased for those whose rights are further violated due to stigma, discrimination and marginalization. Studies among PLHIV have shown a higher degree of unmet contraceptive needs, untreated sexually transmitted infections (STIs), lack of knowledge and skills on safe sexual practices and positive prevention.
This project aims to strengthen civil society organizations and networks, specifically those representing and working with PLHIV and other marginalized groups like men having sex with men (MSM), transgender people, sex workers and people who use drugs to effectively advocate and implement policies and strategies on SRHR for PLHIV in India.
Shaleen Rakesh, Director of Technical Support at India HIV/AIDS Alliance said: ‘This project will significantly expand our work on SRHR, and with networks of people living with HIV. It will also provide an opportunity for three of our linking organisations (MAMTA, PWDS and VMM) to build their capacity in these technical areas.’
The work will focus on the principle of empowerment and meaningful partnership with marginalized groups, particularly PLHIV and key populations. It will build increased capacity around advocacy with a view to helping to increase understanding of the gender dynamics that contribute to sexual and human rights.
This project is funded for three years with a 1.3 million Euro grant and will be implemented in four states of India: Maharasthra, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat. In all four states the project will be implemented through State Level PLHIV networks and in three states it will be implemented by the Regional Technical Support Hub in India, in collaboration with Alliance linking organisations.
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