WHAT WE DO
Avahan: HIV prevention
Avahan India AIDS Initiative is a focussed prevention initiative funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Alliance India is one of two Avahan state lead partners working in Andhra Pradesh. Now in Phase II, Alliance India is implementing the programme in five districts and has begun the process of transitioning activities to the state government. The goal of Avahan is to reduce HIV transmission and the prevalence of STIs in vulnerable high-risk populations (female sex workers, MSM and transgender people) through prevention, education and services. The programme also supports the creation of an enabling environment to increase the effectiveness of the HIV response through individual and organisational capacity building.
Alliance India is the Principal Recipient of a five-year programme, named ‘Pehchan’, funded through the Global Fund Round 9 to strengthen and build capacity of community based organisations to provide HIV prevention programming for men who have sex with men, transgender people and Hijras in 17 Indian states. In Andhra Pradesh, over the next five years Pehchan will work closely with these populations to establish 6 new community based organisations, while strengthening 18 existing ones. The key characteristics of Pehchan are: it is led by local communities; has outreach and service delivery packages; is a sustainable model; has a comprehensive response to community needs.